Domaine d'Aigues Belles - Languedoc wines
** Expected delivery 27th to 29th of June **
It is always tricky to organise this Aigues Belles event, as wines are produced in small quantities and are very tough to get hold of. According to several wine critics, the whites are among the best white wines in Languedoc and we certainly agree: they are incredible, and you will not come across such quality for whites in the region – or even anywhere else!
But don’t get us wrong; the reds are also brilliant, sometime using unusual grapes for the region, such as Merlot or Cabernet Sauvignon. They represent most of the production and are definitely worth trying.
The estate has been in the Palatan family since its creation in 1870. Partly abandoned after WW2, it was taken over by Gilles Palatan and Thierry Lombard in 2000, who overhauled it completely since then. 70% of vines are organically grown, harvest is manual to prevent any grape damage and winemaking is traditional. All wines spend time in French oak barrels, providing taste and structure.
Domaine d'Aigues Belles is very special to us - maybe one of our very top-picks - and we are very proud to be their only partner in the UK. Because of their small production, they usually fall under the radar of most big UK importers and this is where we can make a difference!
All wines are truly outstanding and available in limited quantities; so don’t miss this unique opportunity. As usual, there is no minimum order and delivery is free over £100. Enjoy!
Made of Grenache and Cinsault, the Rosé from Domaine d'Aigues Belles is a dry and light coloured Languedoc with delicate aromas of peach, citrus and gooseberry. Unlike other rosés in the region, it does not look for any fuss or so-called complexity. It is just a nice and fresh wine to enjoy in the sun, perfect for a summer lunch! 16/20 Gault & Millau
For this exciting red wine, the winemaker of Domaine d’Aigues Belle is blending the Bordeaux grape Merlot with local old-vines of Grenache and Mourvèdre. The terroir is in the Languedoc appellation, but the wine is “only” an IGP Pays d’Oc to allow any grape in the mix. The result is a delicious and round red wine, benefiting from a Bordeaux lookalike...
Cuvée Nicole is a similar concept to Cuvée Lombarde: Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot are blended with the Syrah grape, which brings a lovely spicy character. Like all red wines of the Domaine, it spends time in oak barrels to pick up tannins and enhance the structure. Aromas of black fruit end up on a toasted finish, which lasts on the palate. A beautiful...
This is probably our favourite red this week! Cuvée Classique is the most typical Languedoc wine from the Domaine, although it is surprisingly smooth, remaining medium-bodied. Given the exclusive use of local grapes and the ideal terroir, it benefits from the Languedoc appellation. It shows beautiful aromas of ripe black fruit, forest and spices, with a...
It is impossible for us to say if we prefer "Le Blanc" or "L'Autre Blanc" - they are both exceptional white wines, yet quite different from each other - don't hesitate to try them both and come back for more later on! L'Autre Blanc is a complex and subtle blend of the local Roussanne grape with Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. It is a medium-bodied white...
"An icon in Languedoc" from the famous French wine critics Bettane & Desseauve. This is the least we can say for this amazing 100% Chardonnay. Tiny yields, harvest at night to protect grapes, careful vinification and 3 months in French oak barrels: These are the secret ingredients to what is, according to many famous critics, the "best Chardonnay in...