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Languedoc Wine Tasting

Fifteen LSCC members attended a very enjoyable and informative guided tour of wines from the Languedoc area on the evening of Tuesday 15th October.                                                                                                 The wines came from a well established and highly regarded supplier, Domaine de la Ferrandiere. All their wines are fermented in stainless steel tanks and are not oaked so retain freshness and fruit character.The tasting was led by Peter Ledgerwood of the Waterloo Wine Company. Peter is a holder of the Wine & Spirits Education Trust Diploma, has judged for Decanter and the International Wine Challenge, and spends his holidays in a variety of wine regions.                                            

The Waterloo Wine Company are members of London Southside Chamber of Commerce (LSCC) and the tasting was held in their Lant Street premises, one of the last converted warehouses to remain in this part of London. It was originally used as a cork warehouse in the 19th century.

Tasting Notes:

1) 2012 Sauvignon Blanc, Domaine de la Ferrandière, Pays d'Oc £7.40. Good Sauvignon character.  Light, fresh and dry with good lemony acidity.

2) 2011 Chardonnay, Domaine de la Ferrandière, Pays d'Oc £7.40. Ripe apples and a hint of tropical fruit.  Dry, with fuller richer fruit and more weight.

3) 2011 Viognier, Domaine de la Ferrandière, Pays d'Oc £7.30. Good peach/apricot/melon.  Viognier typicality. Dryish with ripe fruit and broadness of flavours 

4) 2012 Minervois Rosé, Domaine Tour Boisée £8.05. Huge summer sales - wish we sold more in winter! Dry and very fresh, lless earthy than Provence Rosé.  Ripe fruit and good acidity.                                                                                                                                     
5) 2012 Pinot Noir , Domaine de la Ferrandière, Pays d'Oc £7.95. Good summer fruit/plain chocolate nose. Light, fresh. Could be served lightly chilled. Great value.

6) 2011 Merlot, Domaine de la Ferrandière, Pays d'Oc £6.80. Full ripe plumy fruit.  Soft tannins and good acidity.Easy drinking.  Good with red meat, cheese or on its own.

7) 2010, Syrah, Domaine de la Ferrandière, Pays d'Oc £6.75. Full flavoured, ripe peppery fruit. Good tannins/acidity. Barbecue wine!

8) 2011, Carignan, Coteaux de Peyriac, Marie-Claude et Jean-Louis Poudou £7.25. 50 + year old vines. Full ripe earthy fruit, depth and concentration.

9) 2012, Plantation 1905, Vin de France, Marie-Claude et Jean-Louis Poudou £9.30. 23 grape varieties, planted in 1905! A unique vineyard, full ripe fruit. Soft tannins, good length on palate.  The favourite wine on the night.

10) 2011, Minervois, Château Tour Boisée, Cuvée Marielle et Frédérique £9.50. A classic southern France blend of Carignan, Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre. Ripe, slightly earthy and peppery fruit.  Soft tannins and very smooth on the palate.

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