Readers of these pages will know that I'm a big fan of wines from the South of France, particularly the Pays d'Oc. There's such variety here to suit all tastes and prices remain very competitive, offering good value for money.
Single varietal wines are de rigueur, allowing for a more experimental approach to winemaking than under the Languedoc-Roussillon appellation rules. So, 58 different grape varieties are permitted, creating a diverse range of flavours and styles. You can read more about the region in an earlier article on these pages.
Domaine La Provenquière is an estate dating back to the 15th century. Located in Capestang near Béziers in the Languedoc, there is evidence showing that vines were grown on the property as early as the 18th century. Today, there are over 150 hectares of vineyards with Level 3 HVE certification (Haute Valeur Environnementale) for environmentally friendly practices. These comprise factors such as protection of biodiversity and careful management of irrigation and fertiliser usage. Since 1954, the winery has been owned by the Robert family.
The winery produces several ranges of Pays d'Oc IGP wines covering reds, whites and rosés. One of these series is La Gamme "P", which began in 2003 with a red blend of Cabernet Franc and Merlot, followed by the whites and rosés.
Appearance: bright, clear, pale coral.
Nose: raspberry, redcurrant and peach aromas.
Palate: fruity red berry and peach notes with a balanced creamy texture, a grapefruit tang and a savoury finish.
Food-matching: cold cuts, grilled fish and light vegetarian dishes. Also great for drinking on its own.