Online Shop
spacer

Search

spacer

Filter by Price

spacer

Category

spacer

Best Sellers

spacer

Contact us

Christopher Piper Wines
1 Silver Street, Ottery St Mary EX11 1DB, Devon

Tel: (01404) 814139
Fax: (01404) 812100

Shop Opening Times
Closed Bank Holiday Monday Mon-Fri 0900-1300,1400-1730 Sat 0900-1300,1430-1630

[Email us]

spacer
spacer

Languedoc Roussillon

Chteau Lavabre - CLARET

Situated to the north of Montpellier, in the foothills of the Cevennes mountains, this 30ha estate is a veritable island in amongst the garrigues of what is a sparsely populated area. Whilst vines have been tended on this site since at least the end of the nineteenth century, Olivier Bridel has only been making wine here for the past ten years. Undoubtedly his vines are Olivier Bridel's first love. He sums up his philosophy thus: "d'abord la vigne, ensuite la vigne, après la cuve." His approach to farming is as-close-as-dammit organic: he uses an absolute minimum of chemicals and refuses to use fertilizers. This, coupled with the extremely hard pruning and green harvesting where necessary, leads not unsurprisingly to very low yields. Since his arrival, Olivier has invested heavily in the renovation of both the vineyards and the cellar. New plantations are at a much higher density, leading to a greater proportion of Syrah in the final blends. The cellar, which makes natural use of its position on a slope, is thus on three levels, allowing for the maximum use of gravity. The care that is given both to the vines and the vinification has brought acclaim from both sides of the Atlantic in what has thus been a relatively short career. We look forward to the future….

click here to view the wines from this producer

..................................................................................................................................................................

Domaine St. Hilaire, MONTAGNAC

This has been one of our very best discoveries over the past twenty years. Situated just inland from the Mediterranean at Montagnac, this estate was planted, in the late 1960's, with a wide range of classic (and sometimes very unusual) grape varieties by the forward-thinking André Hardy. Last year, Monsieur Hardy sold this important estate to a delightful English couple, Jonathan and Anne James. Jonathan had been a successful QC and Anne had, for many years, managed the Monty Python team. Both had experienced far too much of the high-pressure life of London and wanted to take on another challenge. They arrived at St. Hilaire with their eyes wide open and under no illusion that this was going to be a pleasant, easy retirement venture. The James' have kept the existing team st St. Hilaire with the very talented young wine-maker Vincent Laurel being given much more of a free rein than he was under the previous owners. The secret of this domaine's success is the considerable age of the vines and the consequential reduced yield, ensuring wines of great character and surprising complexity. The Vermentino is a little-known variety (also known as Rolle) that produces a pale green, floral, soft and mouth-filling dry white. The 2003 has been an outstanding success as it won the 'Single Variety White Trophy' at the London "Top 100 Vin de Pays" 2004 Competition. Domaine St. Hilaire's Viognier is alluringly exotic, with an aroma of ripe apricots, peaches and honeysuckle. The palate exudes lush and unctuous fruit flavours, which is due to the fact that the vines are over 20 years old and were planted long before this variety was fashionable. It was selected to be in the London "Top 100 Vin de Pays" 2004 Competition. The Chardonnay is deliciously pure, clean and un-oaked whilst the Fût de Chêne Chardonnay is everything a good oak-fermented and aged Chardonnay should be with sweet ripe notes of pineapple and peach on the nose combined with juicy, pure honeyed Chardonnay on the palate. The two old-vine 'selections' are super-lush and concentrated and reveal the potential of the Languédoc as a very serious producer of quality red wines. The Old Vine Grenache is impressively constituted with its approachable, soft and ripe fruitiness and the Merlot has a deep purple colour, a bouquet of blackberries and 'garrigue' herbs, a firm structure supporting a black fruit and chocolate flavour, supported with a tiny amount of oak. The Cabernet Sauvignon is a 'macho' wine with a superb intensity of ripe, blackberry fruit with a touch of mint and well-integrated tannins. New to this year's list is a formidable Cabernet/Merlot blend (70/30) which has a penetrating cassis and violet nose and a ripe, fruit-driven palate with supple tannins. It was also selected to be in the London "Top 100 Vin de Pays" 2004 Competition. The Syrah has very ripe aromas, is intense and fruit-packed with a good dose of gamey spiciness on the finish.

click here to view the wines from this producer

..................................................................................................................................................................

Chteau d'Oupia, OUPIA

Now being ably assisted by his daughter, Marie-Pierre, André Iché continues his remarkable run of award-winning wines from the Minervois region. The 45-hectare estate surrounds the sleepy hamlet of Oupia and the preponderance of old vines (along with the magic ingredient of 100 year-old Carignan vines) guarantees a succulent, intense and richly coloured 'villages' Minervois. The intelligent use of even older vines and some new oak results in a stunning Cuvée des Barons with incredibly complex and intense fruit. The Minervois Blanc is made from 49% Marsanne and 49% Roussanne (with just a 'touche' of Viognier!), resulting in a particularly floral bouquet, soft peachy fruit and a lively, zesty acidity. Last, but by no means least, is the Vin de Pays Guillaume Delcoeur which, despite its humble origins, has all the breeding and class of something with a more famous 'appellation', being superbly concentrated with a pervasive cocoa/coffee nose and a deep, smooth blackberry-fruit flavour. Château d'Oupia is one of the region's very finest estates. The Nobilis selection is sourced from a very small parcel of 50 year-old vines situated on steep hillsides in the mountainous Beaufort zone and is almost opaque in colour, has an amazing texture and a formidably complex black-fruit complexity and velvety tannins.

click here to view the wines from this producer

..................................................................................................................................................................

Domaine St. Peyre & and Cave les Costires de Pomerols, POMEROLS

The Côteaux du Languédoc is a vast area (situated in the départements of the Gard, Aude and Hérault) which is almost entirely planted with red varieties. Picpoul de Pinet is a tiny oasis of white wines, situated around the village of Pomerols . The grape is Picpoul and the village is Pinet! The locals drink this delicious, fragrant dry white with their oysters from the Bassin de Thau. Soft and almost smoky, this is a definite find. New to this year's selection is an outstanding Sauvignon Blanc which goes to prove that given the correct wine-making skills and equipment, very fine aromatic and crisp dry whites can be made this far south.

..................................................................................................................................................................

Domaine de Coussergues, MONTBLANC

Arnould de Bertier's sizeable estate (200 hectares) is situated on the southern fringe of the Côtes de Thongue, near the village of Montblanc. The majority of the vineyards lie on the hillsides running down to the coastal plain and are cooled by the maritime breezes coming off the Mediterranean. Whilst we have never been that impressed by the estate's white wines, their Pinot Noir has been a real eye opener. De Bertier and his wine-maker, Natalie Arnaud (who trained at St. Halletts in the Barossa Valley) understand the importance of low yields for Pinot Noir and have kept production to around 50hl/ha. This is not a jammy Pinot as it has an appealing freshness and vivacity that raises it to a serious class. It is quite remarkable value.

click here to view the wines from this producer

..................................................................................................................................................................

Chteau de Tersac, TERSAC, PORTEL-DES-CORBIRES

Four years ago, this important estate was bought by our old friends from Pouilly-sur-Loire, Jean-Michel and Michèle Masson-Blondelet. For the first couple of years, it took this dynamic family's every last ounce of energy to get the vines properly cleaned-up and for a new winery to be installed. At the same time, they have had to run their large domaine in Pouilly, continually commuting between the two vineyards. However, this enormous effort has been rewarded by numerous national awards and, when we visited this year, we were deeply impressed by the Corbières Blanc which is a 66% Vermentino and 33% Grenache Blanc blend which results in a wine with a powerful peachy/ apricot nose and a succulent yet balanced refreshing fruitiness. The Château de Tersac Corbières Rouge shows this appellation off to the full. Vinified using very old Carignan, Grenache, Cinsault, Mourvèdre and Syrah, which are all 100% de-stalked, the resultant wine has a delicious fruit intensity with very ripe tannins and a distinctive smoothness accompanying the succulence. Both these wines are at the summit of their AOC.

click here to view the wines from this producer

..................................................................................................................................................................

Domaine St. Jean de l'Arbousier, CASTRIES

Jean-Luc Viguier is the viticulturist whilst his wife, Catherine is a qualified oenologist in charge of wine-making at this 45 hectare vineyard, situated about 10km. To the north-east of Montpellier. The domaine has been in the same family for three generations and was founded in 135 by the Knights Templar. The overall soil base is stony, red Bauxite clay and the vineyards are situated on an exceptionally hilly terroir where yields rarely go beyond 40hl./ha. The Viguiers are a down-to-earth couple who are passionate about what they do and believe in making reds with plenty of vibrant, primary fruit and power. The 2001 Côteaux du Languedoc is made from 70% Syrah, 20% Grenache and 10% Mourvedre and combines a floral, spicy nose with a multi-dimensional, soft-textured, mouth-filling fruitiness and enough ripe tannins to guarantee its development over the next few years.

click here to view the wines from this producer

..................................................................................................................................................................

Les Vignobles de Rivesaltes, RIVESALTES

The vineyards of the Côtes du Roussillon are amongst some of France's most southerly and the Rivesaltes cooperative, managed by the highly innovative Fernand Baixas, is one of the most forward-thinking, paying their 700 members purely on the quality of their grapes rather than on potential alcohol. Baixas has mapped-out all the vineyards that he draws grapes from and has worked out quality-style-microclimate graphs to further increase quality. The formidable Réserve du Terroir Blanc (Côtes du Roussillon) is cool-fermented to help accentuate the wine's enticing fruity freshness; this dry white has a floral bouquet and a surpisingly complex flavour, largely due to the use of a small amount of Malvoisie in the blend (90% Macabeo/10% Malvoisie). The Reserve du Terroir Rouge (Côtes du Roussillon) was an immediate success when we introduced it about 18 months ago. It is made from Carignan, Grenache Noir, Syrah and Cinsault, is deep-coloured and has an excellent concentration of spicy, blackberry fruit and plenty of character.

click here to view the wines from this producer

..................................................................................................................................................................



Languedoc Roussillon - continued

Chteau de la Ngly, FLEURY D'AUDE

New to last year's selection was the world-class Côteaux du Languedoc Rouge from Château de la Négly, situated in the la Clape region, near to Narbonne and overlooking the Mediterranean. Jean Paux-Rosset tried to take over his family estate at Négly over twenty-five years ago, realising it had amazing potential for producing great wines. Sadly, his family felt otherwise, so he became something of a local 'Del-Boy' until, about fifteen years ago, his parents let him take the helm. With the help of hyper-talented local oenologist, Claude Gros, Jean Paux-Rosset embarked on a gradual campaign of re-planting and viticultural management that would turn this 50-hectare property in to one of the finest quality producers in the Languédoc. The la Côte cuvée is a blend of 60% old vine Carignan (50% of which is maceration carbonique) and 40% of totally destemmed Grenache. It is sensationally rich with a mouth-filling spicy fruit and a memorable velvety texture and finish.

click here to view the wines from this producer

..................................................................................................................................................................

Domaine de Roudene, PAZIOLS

Jean-Paul Faixo's fourteen hectares of Fitou are beautifully positioned in the heart of the great 'bowl' from which come the best wines of this appellation. The wine is made from 50% old vine Carignan and 40% Grenache with 10% Syrah, all of which are planted on meagre chalky-clay soils resulting in yields as low as 35hl./ha. There is a traditional vinification in tank for anything up to three weeks and then the wine stays in vat until it is bottled. The Carignan is traditionally fermented adding a further dimension to a wine that is particularly rich, spicy and perfumed.

click here to view the wines from this producer

..................................................................................................................................................................

Chteau Meurnier-St-Louis - BOUTENAC

Our old friends Martine and Philippe Pasquier-Meunier at Château Meurnier Saint Louis are delightfully friendly people making some delightfully delicious wines. Theirs are serious Corbières, full of ripe Carignan meatiness married to Grenache gameyness. Their wines tastes of the garrigues soil which makes up so much of the southern Languédoc.

..................................................................................................................................................................

Chteau de Laurens - LAURENS

This wine is actually made at Château de Grézan (near the town of Laurens). This is a former commander's residence of the Templar Knights and is a very impressive castle which was remodeled in the 19th century. It is now a resting place halfway between the Mediterranean Sea and the Cévennes, in the heart of the vineyards of Faugères. Owned by Marie-France Lanson.

click here to view the wines from this producer

..................................................................................................................................................................

Les Vignerons de Maury - MAURY

The Vignerons de Maury are well respected for the quality of their Vin Doux Naturels. The co-operative is the oldest of the Pyrénées-Orientales having been founded in 1910. They produce over 85% of the Vin Doux Naturels of the appellation.

click here to view the wines from this producer

..................................................................................................................................................................

Domaine des Jougla - RADES-SUR-VERNAZOBRE

Located in the northwest of the department of Hérault on the southern slopes of the Cévennes foothills, Domaine des Jougla is at the centre of the AOC Saint Chinian territory. It is a family estate that has been owned by successive generations since 1595.
Two-thirds of the vineyards are planted on the foliate schist slopes of the Ordovician, and the remainder occupies the gravel, clay and dolomite limestone soils of the Eocene. At an altitude of 100-120 m above sea level, under a dry and arid Mediterranean climate, the various grounds are planted with regional vines of Grenache, Carignan, Mourvèdre and Syrah; a harmonious association which gives a particular and original character to the wines. Hand harvested and sorted, the grapes are de-stemmed before undergoing fermentation at between 24° and 30°C.

click here to view the wines from this producer

..................................................................................................................................................................

Mas de Daumas Gassac, ANIANE

Daumas Gassac is first and foremost an outstandingly unusual terroir discovered in the 1970s by the great academic, Henry Enjalbert, then in the Chair of Geography at Bordeaux. Under the thick garrigue scrub and shrubs covering the Arboussas hills, he found some 100 acres of perfectly drained soil, poor in humus and vegetable matter, rich in mineral oxide (iron, copper, gold etc). This was formed from deposits carried in by the winds during the Riss, Mindel and Guntz glacial periods (ranging from 180,000 - 400,000 years ago) and the terroir provides the three elements necessary for a Grand Cru: deep soil ensuring the vines' roots delve deep to seek nourishment; perfectly drained soil ensuring vines' roots are unaffected by humidity and poor soil meaning that vines have to struggle to survive, an effort which creates exceptionally fine aromas. It's not easy for a great terroir to give of its best in a very hot climate. The legendary great wines (Bordeaux, Champagne, Burgundy) were all conceived in northerly climes. The high Valley du Gassac, home to this outstanding terroir, is blessed with a cool micro-climate equivalent to a climatic altitude of some 500 meters ( 1650 ft). At nightfall, the cold air from the Larzac (850 meters) floods into the valley, with the result that, even in the height of summer, the vineyards benefit from cool nights and moderate daytime temperatures. The northern facing vineyards accentuate the beneficial effect of this cool micro climate by ensuring they are exposed to less direct sunshine during the hot summers. The micro-climate also means that the vines flower some three weeks later than the Languedoc average meaning that the harvest takes place in early October.

click here to view the wines from this producer

..................................................................................................................................................................


"Inspiring Indie"

Great review by Drinks Magazine,
..."stocking off-the-wall wines & spirits, including over 20 different rums !
See Below for More Details
Wine Review
spacer
Champagne Gremillet
Champagne Gremillet
Extremely elegant wines that have undergone a surprisingly long bottle-ageing process that gives them a roundness not often found at this level.


Champagne Gremillet
spacer
Newsletter Signup
If you would like to be sent a newsletter, please put your email address below




[Newsletter Archive]
spacer

2014 CPW
Christopher Piper Wines Ltd. will not sell to anyone under the UK legal drinking age of 18 years. To purchase products on the site you must be eighteen years of age or more.
You must ensure that the details provided by you on ordering or at any time are correct and complete.

Registered Company 1509601 Christopher Piper Wines Ltd, 1 Silver Street, Ottery St Mary, Devon, EX11 1DB. All rights reserved. You must be 18 or over to order.