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Pasquieres Grenache Noir Pays d'Oc
Pasquieres Grenache Noir Pays d'Oc

Country of Origin: France

Region: Languedoc

Grape Varieties: Grenache Noir

Alcohol by Volume: 14%

Food Matches: A wine that will stand up well to rich foods, hearty roasts and casseroles. Also an ideal partner to Mediterranean food, such as olives, crusty bread, roasted vegetables, red meats and cheeses, and good Italian pasta.

Special Features: Vegetarian, Award Winner

2010 Vintage: Sommelier Wine Awards 2012 - Bronze
2007 Vintage: Top 100 Vins de Pays 2009 - Winner

Price: £7.35

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Tasting Notes: Fantastic flavours that go on and on. Very approachable with all that fruit! The black Grenache from the deep South of France is steeped in texture, sinewy flavour and structure - talk about length, the flavours just go on and on! Rich black fruit, vanilla, liquorice, sweet spice and cinammon. The palate has more intense berry fruit and spice, with gentle acidity and tannins.

Producer Details: The Oc, or ‘Pays d’Oc’ as you’ll see it on most labels, refers to the Languedoc-Roussillon region of southern France, known by the French as ‘Le Midi’. Geographically the Oc covers an incredibly broad swathe of vineyards from the Rhône delta in the middle of southern France, arcing all the way round to the Spanish border on her Mediterranean seaboard. Planted here are both traditional grape varieties such as Grenache Gris (which makes very fine rosé) and Grenache Noir (try Pasquiers for a full-bodied flavoursome find); as well as the ‘cépages améliorateurs’ (varieties introduced in the last twenty to thirty years) such as Syrah and Merlot for reds, Viognier and Sauvignon Blanc for whites.
Eric Monnin, Boutinot’s winemaker responsible for the Languedoc, is constantly on the look-out for producers who have hidden gems, visiting domaines, seeking out new parcels as well as counselling winemakers before the harvest on e.g. softening harsh tannins in reds, or retaining acidity and expressing aromatics in whites. Then once the grapes have been picked, vinified and the wines barely finished, he tastes these ‘brut de cuve’ wines intensively and repeatedly over the next six months in collaboration with Samantha Bailey and Kim Tidy to select and blend the styles they seek and decide on their maturation, optimum bottling month and release date to the market.

In The Vineyard: Samantha Bailey, one of Boutinot’s winemakers based in France, cleverly sourced some of the juiciest
fruit in the Languedoc to produce this wine.

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