In the heart of Corbières countryside, not far from Carcassonne, over the years we’ve made a habit of staying in the delightful Auberge Côté Jardin, situated in the tiny village of Conilhac. It was at their restaurant that we first tasted the excellent wines of Château Vieux Parc. In the intervening 10 years, we have followed their wines with great interest.
In the 1960s, like so many properties in the region, the Panis family moved away from bulk wine production to produce and bottle their own quality wines. Louis Panis has been responsible for transforming the winemaking in the last two decacades, but in the past three years his son Guillhaume – the 6th generation – has added a more modern and contemporary touch. When we tasted the current wines this year we knew the time had come to import them for the wine club!
We’ve chosen their excellent value L’Heritage white and red Corbières, and also their award-winning red, La Sélection 2014.
A Mixed Case consists of four bottles of each of these three wines –
Vieux Parc L’Heritage Blanc 2016
This delightful blend of Grenache Blanc, Roussanne and Vermentino has a pretty floral nose, which leads into a mouthful of stone fruit, especially white peach, with citrus hints, great concentration and lovely fresh acidity. A great aperitif!
Vieux Parc L’Heritage Rouge 2015
This blend of Syrah, Grenache and Mourvèdre is enhanced by the addition of some old Carignan, which has been vinified using maceration carbonique to enhance the fruitiness. And it works well. There is an inviting nose of cherries and the herbs of the garrigue, followed by a soft round mouthful of cherry fruit, low tannin and juicy acidity. Very commercial, it slips down all to easily!
Vieux Parc La Sélection Rouge 2014
Based on 40% Carignan from 100 year-old vines, this Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre blend then has 18 months of gentle oak ageing. Medium in colour, it has a fantastic nose of plum, black cherry, black olive with a hint of vanilla. on the palate it is soft, rich, elegant and finishes with a hint of liquorice and gentle tannins.
A well-deserved award winner in Guide Hachete, and unbelievable value for the quality!