Les Vins de Beauvignac – Le Caveau de Pomerols
Head to the South of France and on the coast between Montpelier and Beziers you will find the Bassin de Thau. This picturesque saltwater lagoon, with the ancient Roman town of Sête at the one end, is famous throughout France for its oysters.
We have been buying from the modern cooperative of the Caveau de Pomerols for over two decades. They have been making wine since 1932, and a combination of careful selection of grapes and modern wine technology has given them a justifiable reputation of being one of the best producers of white wines in the region. Their racy, fruit-driven wines are eagerly snapped up by local restaurants, where they are the perfect foil for the local shellfish.
It was a pleasure to revisit them again this Spring to taste their current vintages. Two whites stood out as outstanding value. The first is one of our great favourites their legendary Picpoul de Pinet 2015 which continues to wine awards year after year. The second is their lovely Viogner 2015, which the best Viognier that we tasted throughout our entire week’s trip.
There can be few greater pleasures in life than sitting in one of the pretty local fishing villages, overlooking the sea, with a plate of oysters or Moules Marinières, washed down with a glass or two of one of their award-winning whites!
We are offering six bottles of each of these wines in this great offer –
Beauvignac Viogner, Medaille d’Or Paris, 2015
IGP Pays d’Oc
We have shipped this very popular Viognier several times in the past, and it differs from the other Viogniers we ship in expressing more of the aromatic quality of the grape variety.
It has an apricot/floral nose, and on the palate it is fresh, with apricot flavours, hints of ginger and exotic spices, and a bitter twist at the finish with good length. A great aperitif, this is also a great accompaniment for Chinese or fusion food.
Beauvignac Picpoul de Pinet, Medaille d’Or Paris 2015
AOC Côteaux du Languedoc
This is a longstanding favourite of ours. Picpoul de Pinet is the only white grape variety entitled to its own appellation in the Languedoc – all the others are Vins de Pays. Unlike many other Picpouls, this spends some time on the lees before bottling, which gives it much more flavour.
It is packed with juicy, crunchy fruit and has a lovely racy, yeasty finish. In style it is captures the best of Chablis and Muscadet, and for this reason is the perfect partner for seafood, especially shellfish. It is consistently one of the best Picpouls in the area.