Unable to travel abroad, buyer Marcel Orford-Williams adapts to home-working and talks us through a typical tasting.
Today’s tasting was about choosing the makeup of a popular red, a syrah-mourvèdre blend from Domaine Condamine l’Evêque. Normally this is an exercise that I would have done in France but where needs must…
This is my new tasting book in viral red!
The estate can be found on the outskirts of Pézenas, a pretty market town best known as the birthplace of Molière. He was one of France’s best playwrights whose plays have the added virtue of being funny… memories of studying Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme anyone?
The village of Nézignan-l’Evêque is almost entirely devoted to vines. At one time it was where the Bishop of Agde had his residence, hence the name (évêque means bishop and condamine is cultivable land).
The tasting line-up
We have been working with the Bascou family for years. Guy was usually busy with all manner of things, including being the president of a local co-op and a leading figure in the Picpoul appellation. His wife Marie-Claude was a trained oenologist and made the wine. Today, it is their son Guilhem who is in charge. An imposing figure who played rugby in South Africa, he makes wines that are delightfully fruity and a joy to drink.
The blend I am looking at is majority of syrah with between 20 and 30 percent mourvèdre. I think I’ve made up my mind!
Watch Marcel at work!