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Generous, ripe and full-flavoured red from a members' favourite estate in the south of France, round and plummy in this hot vintage, with the accent on fruit and balance.
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Château Sainte-Eulalie is an outstanding estate run by a young and enthusiastic couple, Laurent and Isabelle Coustal. The domaine was first established in the earlier part of the 20th century, but it has been since this dynamic pair took over in 1996 that it has gained its excellent status. The property is known as a campagne – meaning that the vineyards, winery, main house, workers’ lodgings, and cellar are all located on one site – and Isabelle and Laurent have worked hard to revitalise the entire complex.Sainte-Eulalie lies in the heart of the Minervois appellation in the south of France, just above the tiny village of La Livinière. The vineyards are spread over the Aude Valley, on the south side of the Black Mountain and Massif Central and not far from the Canal du Midi. This area isn’t just an idyllic, laid-back sun-trap, it’s also brilliant for vines: Eulalie’s terraced vineyards lie on south-facing slopes at between 200-250m altitude, where they are protected from the northern winds.The 34 hectares of vines – planted on pebbly soils with a high proportion of chalk, clay and manganese – are mostly over 20 years old, with the exception of two hectares of syrah planted by the Coustals in 2000. The balance of vines comprises 36% syrah, 28% grenache noir, 27% carignan and 9% cinsault.Machine harvesting is responsible for most of the picking, but once the grapes reach the winery they are sorted by hand to ensure only the best fruit is used. Grapes then undergo fermentation and are aged in a mixture of vessels. The everyday Minervois spends 15-18 months in traditional concrete tanks, whereas the premium bottling, Cuvée Cantilène, which comes from old vines and contains more syrah, ages for a year in barrels, 25-50% of which are new oak, depending on vintage conditions. The rosé is much fresher, containing more grapes from the younger syrah vines, and is designed for younger drinking with fresh summer fare.
Where do we start in a region so huge? With production nearly three times that of Bordeaux, or more than the whole of Australia, the Languedoc-Roussillon accounts for about a third of all French wine made. The sheer scale of production and the intense competition to channel such volumes through to the market means that in most years supply is greater than demand so prices are kept in check. It is not for nothing that wines from the South of France offer such great value for money. Here you get what you pay for. The trick is to get beyond the gain line and tap into a rich vein of almost endless vinous pleasure. Appellation Contrôlée and Vin de Pays (also known as IGP – Indication Geographique Protegée) - officially, these are two quite different wine worlds that live side by side almost, seemingly, in complete ignorance of each other's existence. Luckily, reality is different and most producers see no conflict between the two and many produce wines under both codes. Nor is one necessarily better than the other. Indeed many of Languedoc's most iconic wines, such as Mas de Daumas Gassac and Grange des Pères, are Vin de Pays. So why the difference? The status of Appellation Contrôlée was gradually conferred to the historic heartlands of Languedoc-Roussillon, in other words those sites in the foothills of the Massif Central and Pyrenees where viticulture has existed since the Romans. Appellation status is also about taste and about wine made from a narrow selection of mostly Mediterranean grape varieties.Vin de Pays (IGP) was introduced to improve the quality of what was then the mass of 'vins ordinaries'. It confers an identity to wines coming from those areas that were planted during the big periods of expansion, mostly in the plain between Narbonne and Pézenas. It allows for higher yields than AC, and, more importantly, allows a much wider palette of grape varieties for the growers to choose from.In terms of grape varieties Languedoc-Roussillon is France's answer to the New World. In the duality of Appellation Contrôlée and Vin de Pays, the conformism of Parisian bureaucracy goes hand in hand with the creative spirit of pure liberalism. So in terms of grape variety, almost anything goes! Native Languedoc and Roussillon varieties are at the heart of all appellation wines. With a changing climate and a tendency to extremes of weather, these ancient varieties are gaining favour.Carignan is the workhorse of Languedoc especially in the drier west. At its best, it produces a wine that is deeply coloured, quite tannic, sappy with brambly fruit. Many producers have woken up to the qualities of carignan if it is treated with respect and low yields are achieved.Grenache produces round tasting wines, often with low tannin and high alcohol and is rarely to be found on its own except in the fortified reds of Roussillon.Cinsault belongs in the heat of North Africa. In the South of France, it is widely grown and can add fragrance and lightness of touch to big brawny reds, but more often it is made into rosé.Like carignan, the native whites are more obviously associated with high production but with careful handling can produce wines of real interest. There is maccabeu and grenache blanc, grown mostly in Corbières and Roussillon. Clairette, grown mostly in the east, closer to the Rhône. Terret is grown extensively around Marsseillan, home of French vermouth. Maybe the best of all is the piquepoul which east of Beziers produces good quaffing dry picpoul de Pinet. Muscat used to be grown exclusively for vin doux naturel such as Saint Jean de Minervois and Rivesaltes but also produces full-flavoured dry wines of some interest.The biggest change in the South of France was the introduction of other grape varieties to help boost quality. For the reds, syrah was the most obvious import and is now widely planted and is usually part of a blend with grenache and/or carignan. Syrah is at its best where there is a little humidity such as in the east around Pic Saint Loup. Mourvèdre is much more complicated to grow but has a real future in areas close to the sea such as in parts of Fitou and Corbières.For the whites, roussanne and marsanne have also journeyed south from the Rhône to add finesse and flavour to Mediterranean blends. Increasingly, the Corsican vermentino, also known as rolle, can be found in blends where it often has a positive influence.Bordeaux has for long been an important connection for the Languedoc with the Canal du Midi there to prove the link. Not surprisingly, Languedoc producers were quick to introduce Bordeaux varieties in their vineyards. Merlot is the most widely planted and in some years has been very profitably exported in bulk to California or back to Bordeaux. The later ripening cabernets are probably better suited to the climate of the south and have great potential.Another revolution across the South of France has been in the quality of the whites. Before new standards of cellar hygiene and refrigeration were introduced, the concept of a fresh, dry and fruity Languedoc-Roussillon white wine was nigh impossible. Growers like Pierre Bésinet at Domaine du Bosc and Louis-Marie Teisserenc at Domaine de l'Arjolle were quick to spot the potential and successfully plant chardonnay, sauvignon and even the mysterious viognier.Regional StylesLanguedoc-Roussillon is such a large region that it is impossible to generalise about the entirety. It helps to divide it into three main sections: Eastern Languedoc, Western Languedoc, and Southern Lanuedoc. The east includes excellent appellations like Faugères, Côteaux du Languedoc, Pic saint Loup and Montpeyroux. The style of wine produced here is often Rhône-like: generous, thickly textured and often high in alcohol. Syrah is the outstanding grape variety and it blends well with grenache and sometimes mourvèdre. Nothing remains static in Languedoc and the old Côteaux du Languedoc is about to be replaced by a new appellation called simply Languedoc. Western Languedoc is more dramatic, mountainous, and much drier than the east, but it's also colder and the austerity of its climate and topography can be tasted in its wines. The carignan grape is often an essential element in many of the reds. Look out for saint-Chinian, Minervois and Saint Jean de Minervois (the latter for muscat based sweet vin doux naturel), Cabardès, Limoux (especially sparkling Crémant de Limoux).The south incorporates Corbières, Fitou and Roussillon. These are dry, hot regions surrounded by mountains which provide a majestic backdrop. Fitou is the oldest Appellation and confusingly comes in two parts. The best wines though come from in between in what is actually southern Corbières. Corbières is the largest single appellation in Languedoc, with myriad different styles from different soils and microclimates. This veritable chaos of crags, gorges, strewn with castles, wild herbs and abandoned abbeys encapsulates the heart of the Midi. The wines all have a little of that wildness and wonder.In Roussillon black schists on the north bank of the Agly make the best reds. These are typically fine and spicy with grenache and syrah. Traditionally the best-exposed sights near the village of Maury have produced sweet fortified wine. High mountains provide the opportunity to plant vines at higher altitudes and make fresher wines. Finally, this vast region ends in a narrow strip of land between mountain and the sea and with Spain on two sides. Twisting lanes and vertiginous vine terraces link the little ports of Collioure, Banyuls and Cerbère. The fortified wines are sold as Banyuls and are mostly Grenache-based with a little carignan. The Collioure appellation is for expressive, full-bodied and refined table wine which can be made from several grape varieties: carignan, syrah, grenache, mourvèdre and counoise for the reds and grenache, roussanne and vermentino for the whites.
"Just want t keep it for ourselves. Deep and strong fruit flavours "
I would recommend this wine
"Really thick, plummy wine. Excellent value for money. Can't wait for the next one!"
"Didn’t enjoy this at all compared to previous vintages. Rich, stewed and overripe fruit, whilst the alcohol is too dominant on the palate. Lacking balance. Could not recommend. "
"Needs to be opened for at least an hour and then it really is something special. Deep taste with plenty of fruit . This is second time around and a winner "
I would recommend this wine
"Just want t keep it for ourselves. Deep and strong fruit flavours "
"Really thick, plummy wine. Excellent value for money. Can't wait for the next one!"
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"Reliably delicious and good value. I think this is a really well balanced wine: it's not a fruit bomb as is fashionable these days but it's fruity; it's got enough tannin and backbone to match food but it's very drinkable without. Enjoy!"
Ms Katy Benson (07-Sep-2019)
"I think the Society has an exceptional portfolio of value wines from south-west France , and a number of them are giving me considerable pleasure. But maybe Plaisir d'Eulalie is the first among equals. Always gets good comments at our table; well flavoured but well balanced too so it doesn't overpower. "
Mr David Henderson (16-Aug-2019)
"Rich and sweet with dark berry fruit and a dry tannic finish 7/10"
Dr Andy Rawlins (06-Aug-2019)
Black purple in colour and probably a little young but thin it is not . Proper leathery Carignan bouquet . Could do with a couple of years in bottle or a couple of hours in a carafe . "
Mr James A Stark (03-Jul-2019)
"A delicious dark Minervois just short (as others have mentioned) of the depth and grubbiness of a La Liviniere, such as a Combe Blanche, but highly drinkable, on its own or with food."
Mr Manek Dubash (29-Apr-2019)
"I thought this was a bit thin."
Mr Michael Allchin (04-Mar-2019)
"Exceptional value. As close to a Liviniere as you will get without paying the premium. Bold fruit and depth. Brambles and Raspberries. You can drink this now or I'm sure it will age well but I'm not hanging around to find out. Sumptuous. I only stop short of 5 stars as it's not a fine wine for appreciating but a serious drinking wine. Enjoy.. "
Mr John Davies (05-Feb-2019)
"Young, high acid and tannins. Full bodied, ripe dark fruit. Almost new world in style. Better decanted than straight out of the bottle and better with food. Slightly bitter finish without."
Mr Guy Slocombe (31-Jan-2019)
"Decanted well, herbaceous nose with dark fruit, smooth, lots of black fruit, maybe black cherry, bramble with a spicy finish. This wine is a bargain at this price, well recommended."
Mr Gordon Allan (18-Jan-2019)
"This a wonderfully smooth wine, with lots of dark red fruits, and hints of spice and vanilla. It was opended for 3 or 4 hours, and was great on its own, and also with our Sunday roast. TWS has some great (value) wines in the £7-10 range, and this is certainly one of them."
Mr Peter Minns (19-Mar-2018)
"Nice herbal notes on the nose with lovely ripe blackish fruit too. In the mouth it's jammy but not in a bad way. Sweet ripe fruit is well balanced with refreshing acidty and some fairly firm tannins.
Really decent wine and extremly good value."
Mr Robert A Macaloney (07-Mar-2018)
"We liked this wine, lots of sediment in the bottle, so watch out for that, good value at £8."
Mr Neil Ricketts (21-Feb-2018)
"Soft red but full of fruit without being overpowering. Accompaniesd a lamb shank both in the pot and in the glass. the Scotsman review is right!"
Mr Roger Godfrey (09-Nov-2017)
Mr Oliver A Paul (26-Oct-2017)
"After 1hr in a decanter its simply superb. I lived in Montpelier back in the 90s and drank Minervois instead of water. This brings back all the memories. At the risk of sounding like a lovey, from the nose to the wonderful balanced fruit and depth of palate you can really taste the terroir. This vintage is still a bit young to drink straight from the bottle, but this time next year you'll have friends queueing up for a bottle at your summer BBQ, just like they were this summer for the previous vintage. And when non wine drinking mates are going "whats that"... you know its a winner!"
Mr James Brown (28-Jul-2017)
"Fruity and delicious. One hour in the decanter is a good idea - opens up most delightfully."
Mr Timothy Appelbee (15-Jun-2017)
"Sweet ripe fruit that surges from the glass. No oak here. Quaffable!"
Mr Andrew Howe (14-Apr-2017)
The Scotsman (22nd Jul 2017)
"Star value buy:
Chateau owners Laurent and Isabelle Coustal have fashioned a typical Minervois
here from 30% syrah, 40% carignan & 30% grenache. Ripe jammy
blackberry aromas, full upfront fruit palate with a hint of earthiness,
minerality and soft tannins. - Rose Murray Brown"
"Really nice. Went well with some venison loin wrapped in prosciutto and a blackberry sauce. The wine's berry flavours complemented the meal perfectly. Tasting we got the violets, but couldn't really tastes the note of bitter chocolate as described. Still quite robust tannins and little sign of acidity, so could have lasted a few years more. Very tasty and nicely balanced. Not a great deal of personality, but at £8 what do you expect."
Mr Richard Hadfield (01-Dec-2018)
"This wine was so charming I had tears in my eyes - well, for a short while. Really, really nice!"
Miss Alexandra Telnikoff (16-Jan-2018)
"Just one of them - decently made southern whatever dark fruit jobs. Dull"
Mr Andrew Buurman (02-Mar-2017)
Mr Alex Downham (02-Feb-2017)
"Typical southern red. Quite strong at 14.5%. Good for stews and cassoulet !"
Mr Chris Franklin (28-Jan-2017)
"Yummy fruity from S. France - bargain,"
Mr Aaron May (26-Jan-2017)
"Enjoyed this wine, bright berry fruits, well rounded, smooth and balanced, just shows the step up in quality when spending an extra pound or so per bottle. As mentioned already this benefits from a bit of air to open up, I found it to be quite closed on the nose initially in the glass but opened up after a quick swirl to inviting fruit."
Mr David Mitchell (14-Nov-2016)
"This is great stuff. Intense berry flavours, plenty of body and decent length for the £. Really, very drinkable - you'll be hard pushed to find a better french red for the price. Perfect week day wine."
Mr David Taylor (04-Sep-2016)
"Bright as a berry with a spicy finish, we often talk about the finish but this wine has a lovely beginning and a very satisfying middle as well, it's a big mouthful at 14.5% but it's lively enough to drink as an aperitif to sausage and mash. Very good value at £7.25, I'll be ordering more and I'm planning a cassoulet to revive happy holiday memories. As a comparative newcomer to the Wine Society I'm very excited about exploring ths value for money 'sweet spot', let's say in the £7 - £10 range."
Mr Tom Bulley (22-Aug-2016)
"Excellent value for money. This one definitely benefits from some air, as it was better on day 2 than day 1. For such a deep dark wine it was beautifully balanced with berry notes, and a surprising freshness. I'll be getting this one again."
Mr David Halliwell (19-Aug-2016)
Mr Ben Allen (11-Aug-2016)
Liverpool Echo (22nd Oct 2016)
tasted during our #twstaste Twitter tasting] Won the online vote and was my
shoo-in favourite. It is a blend of syrah, carignan and grenache and was
sooooo lovely. I tweeted blackcurrant jam and vanilla - others said plums and
red fruit. Loved it. This wine is an autumn treat; a hug in a glass.
- Jane Clare
joannasimon.com (27th Jul 2016)
summer berry ripeness and freshness and more elegance than you'd expect at
- Joanna Simon
"This wine hits my target, it is quite luscious of all fronts, particularly, if you're a Francophile and seek out predominantly French wines which have provenance, unlike new world over the top over too high alcohol fruit juices. This wine is easy to drink, but has an elegance, decent length finish, texture is yummy."
Mr Mel Bryant (14-Aug-2016)
"Yes, its quite well structured with a good fruitiness, but to me lacked some ooomph. Will try decanting - and chiling thr next bottlt"
Mr Ian Jones (12-Aug-2016)
"Superb wine, elegant and light, wonderful on a warm evening served slightly cool. Absolute bargain and I hope the 2015 is as good (I will be finding out shortly). Really terrific value"
Mr Martin J Whalley (19-Jul-2016)
"Superb stuff and great value for money. Looking forward to getting my hands on more,!"
Mr Philip Smith (14-Jul-2016)
"Dark, ripe, but fresh Deep and firm. I think my tastes lean towards a little more age or decanting - I'll try some more"
Dr David Rickeard (26-Jun-2016)
"Good value. Medium bodied with a nice texture. Fruit and more, a little Rhone-like."
Mr Nanzino Pece (17-Apr-2016)
"A very well made wine. It benefits from 20mins in a decanter. How do you find such wines at these prices? Yes it's a bit lighter than i'm used to but it's got the works. Blackcurranty rounded palete with a lovely sour sweetness at the end. Another great party wine. Apparently it's lightly oaked, by that i think they mean the dray man walked past some barrels in the cellar! The fruit is clear and distinct, and maybe it misses a bit of tannin to stiffen it up. There's no way this will be drinking in 2020. Drink it up now, its lovely!"
Mr James Brown (14-Dec-2015)
The Guardian (16th Jul 2016)
- Fiona Beckett
The Oldie (24th Jun 2016)
value. - Bill Knott
"Good value red that if drunk over a couple of days develops some character and flavour. I much prefer this to the Society Corbieres."
Mr Martin Arrowsmith (04-Aug-2015)
"Heartening, well-made and, as usual with this sort of full-bodied wine, even better after decanting. A reliable, good value red with enough strength of character to complement spicy casseroles."
Mr Harry Chapman (08-Mar-2015)
"This is my sort of wine and has just gone straight on the reorder list. I love Southern French wine and Minervois in particular. This one has masses of flavour - pepper and herbs. Great value."
Mr Andrew Park (04-Mar-2015)
"I'm afraid that, unlike the other reviewers, I was disappointed in this wine. I felt it lacked depth and complexity. I'm not an expert on wines from this area by any means, however compared to other Minervois that I have purchased this was drinkable but a little below par."
Mr Philip Norris (24-Jan-2015)
"We stumbled upon the Chateau Eulalie estate by chance when we were staying a few miles away from it last summer, and took half a case of this wine home with us because we liked it so much - so I was delighted to find it featuring in The Wine Society's lists. We have been buying regularly every since and it never lets us down as a delicious easy-drinking red."
Ms Faith Glasgow (22-Aug-2014)
"We are not really red wine drinkers, but we liked this wine. With a lasagne, olives and bread – a bottle of that would be just right."
Vicky Avery (21-Aug-2014)
Decanter (7th Jan 2015)
"A rustic blend of carignan, syrah and grenache with
chunky tannins and a herbal seam to the fleshy-fruited palate. Decent acidity
prevents this wine's generosity from tipping over into caricature. - Natasha Hughes MW"
"This is an absolute treasure, a very smooth and round wine for a very reasonable price,. A happy companion with the Sunday roast, a piece of cheese or just on its own. A real find, unfortunately for us fans it's now in members favourites, best buy early to avoid disappointment."
Mr David Bottomley (14-Mar-2014)
"Excellent stuff and really great value. Really benefits from a bit of air, the initial fruitiness gives way to a more rounded, richer palate with a touch of chocolate and spice. Another great value find by The Society, will definitely be ordering more."
Mr Matthew Huntingford (21-Feb-2014)
"Would fully support Mike Davey's comment. This is great value, has become my 'house' red - and is in demand among friends who aren't Society members!"
Mr John G Fletcher (06-Feb-2014)
"I was tempted to keep quiet about this one, but now that the Daily Express has let the cat out of the bag I have to confirm that this wine is absolutely superb value. We drank it with roast beef - a very harmonious match - but the wine has such a fruity, smooth character that I'd be happy to drink it with anything or nothing. OK, there's not fantastic depth, but what do you expect for the price? Thoroughly recommended."
Mr Mike Davey (31-Jan-2014)
Sunday Telegraph (30th Mar 2014)
"A good introduction
to the Minervois region, this is a no-nonsense, fruity and relatively soft red
with juicy red plum and blackberry and a fresh finish. - Susy Atkins"
Daily Express (25th Jan 2014)
Wine of the Week: Excellent value, it is brimming
with luscious red fruits and a dash of spice and liquorice on the finish.
"Smooth, dark fruits and peppery rocket. Well-rounded after breathing."
Mr Daniel Boland (02-Aug-2013)
"A great deal of value here for the price of the bottle. Big and satisfying and a very good everyday wine to go with food. I enjoyed it with home made shepherds pie but would equally go with cheese."
Mr Stephen Duckett (18-Jun-2013)
"Really delicious, smooth and full-flavoured enough, and I think a bargain at £6.95. I have not drunk a lot of Minervois but that is going to change. Had it with grilled lamb cutlets, maple-syrup-roasted sweet potatoes. Very pleased, will be re-ordering."
Mr Rory James-Duff (10-Jun-2013)
"Smooth, silky tannins; delicious peppery and dark fruit flavours. A great accompaniment to strongly flavoured foods - my bottle was enjoyed with a curry.
Mr Barry Smith (01-Mar-2013)
"Delicious. Silky smoothing and brimming with dark fruit - a great exemplar of quality and value from the South of France. Perfect with winter stews of every description."
Mr Roger Dettmer (24-Jan-2013)
"More surprise from this corner. I have visited the property twice, tasted and bought the wines. So far I've drunk the 2007, 2008 and 2009 La Cantilènes and also tasted the cheaper versions. I've rarely come across such consistently good quality."
Dr Richard Fox (09-Nov-2012)
"This is all very odd, I am on my second case of the 2010 and find a deep brooding wine, a muted nose of pure fruit, reflected on the palate, wonderful on a cold summers evening."
Dr J P Taverner (13-Jul-2012)
"I am very surprised to see the comments made about consistency. I have drunk many cases of this wine over the last three years, bought at the vineyard, and have always found the wine to be very good and outstanding value."
Mr Jonathan C Nicholls (07-May-2012)
"'Drinking a different wine.' That, precisely, is my point: we are drinking a different wine, because the quality is variable."
Mr John L Moles (04-May-2012)
"I can only assume that other members have been drinking a different wine. This is classic, good value Minervois, earthy and very much "de la Ferme" to be enjoyed with some cassoulet."
Mr Daniel Harrison (03-May-2012)
"My comment, like the previous one, is technically unfair, but I think there are serious issues here. A couple of years ago, I had a bottle of the 2007 version and found it profoundly indifferent. Does that mean Marcel Orford-Williams and Sebastian Payne are wrong? Of course not, but neither does it mean that others who are unimpressed are wrong. The answer is: unacceptable variation in quality control. To make plain my bona fides, we had a case of the rose last year and found it excellent. I am certain that this principle - unacceptable variation in quality control - can be widely extended, otherwise the wide disparity in members' judgements over a whole range of wines would be inexplicable. I think that this is an issue that the Society -like every other wine outlet I have bought from - needs to take much more seriously. I also think, most strongly, that the present Society arrangement for complaints over quality imposes undue onus upon members."
Mr John L Moles (26-Apr-2012)
"I know this is not technically fair but I was so disappointed by the 2009 I thought I better warn people for the 2010. I just found it very, very gutless and without depth or any notes of delight."
Mr Alex Graham (25-Apr-2012)
"The Ste Eulalie red is a pleasant, well made but not exceptional wine . However the 2008 Rose is excellent and very good value. We enjoyed another Ste Eulalie Rose at a little restaurant in the centre of La Liviniere ,its home village, and were delighted to see this bottle on the Society`s list. It is very dry, unflowery but full of fresh berry flavour and delicious when ice cold. The last case is going down fast so another will be required for the Christmas season."
Mrs Margaret McGregor (22-Nov-2009)
"As your records will show I have been buying Chateau Sainte Eulalie for a few years. However this last delivery, which I would not have tried until I had been in the house for at least a week, has been a disappointment. I have opened one of my remaining bottles ths week end and although iy has improved slightly it is not yet as I remember it. It is just a bit thin and lacking taste.
If you offer the 2008 version next year I will probably buy it on the assumption that it has returned to the fruitiness of previous years and it is still only 13% alc/vol, not more.."
Philip A Law Esq (15-Nov-2009)
"Over the years we have bought several cases of Ste. Eulalie wines and have enjoyed every single bottle. Taste, flavour, body, balance, consistency between the years, all top notch for a relatively inexpensive everyday wine for any time of any day. As well, as the French say, the wines have "bon rapport prix qualite" . One of the most pleasant wines from the South-West that we are aware of."
Mr Frederick W Williamson (12-Nov-2009)
"A very smooth, easily drinkable wine, giving considerable satisfaction at a very good price."
Mr William E Ephgrave (11-Nov-2009)
"I was pleasantly surprised by the standard of Minervois wines sampled during a recent boating holiday on the Canal du Midi. To commemorate the holiday I bought my friend a half case from the Wine Society and have not been disappointed. Minervois can make a perfectly good, unpretentious and and most enjoyable table wine - even without the holiday association. I shall buy more."
Mr Martin J Turner (11-Nov-2009)
"Ch. Sante Eulalie has been a firm favourite as a house wine at home; I won't presume to offer tasting notes, but will say that it brings the comfortable joy of being with a welcome friend at the table, and it can certainly hold its own not just as a midweek wine but with the Sunday roast. Great value and highly recommended."
Mr Hugh L Canaway (11-Nov-2009)
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