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Pic Saint-Loup Espérance, Château de Valflaunès 2020
Red Wine from France - Languedoc - Roussillon
Soft, fruity Languedoc red made from a blend of syrah, mourvèdre and carignan with no oak. Purity of fruit and elegance combine to make an attractive Rhône-style red for enjoying with grilled meats, vegetables or stews.
Price: £13.50 Bottle
Price: £81.00 Case of 6
- Red Wine
- Now to 2025
- 14.5% Alcohol
- no oak influence
- Twin top
Château de Valflaunès
Pic Saint Loup is a district to the north of Montpellier and is dominated by an eerie, tooth-like peak. Cool breezes sweep down from the Massif Central and provide the perfect conditions for growing grapes. The syrah in particular thrives here and many producers are making wines of northern Rhône stature that are becoming fashionable and much sought after
This is a small estate with cellars beneath the old chateau in the village of Valflaunes. The winemaker is Fabien Reboul with the looks and physique of a rock musician. Over the years his style of winemaking has changed from big, heavy wines to wines that have more freshness. 'I simply got tired of my own wines,' he used to say.
The first wine to change was the white made from marsanne and roussanne grapes. The grapes are still picked perfectly ripe and yields remain low. Indeed his vineyards on poor soil couldn't produce much more. The real difference is in the winemaking. Only stainless steel tanks are used with little in the way of intervention. Bottling is early to preserve fruit flavours.