Just how things have moved on, a wine from a cooperative in the South of France in the 1980’s was seen as mediocre at best, and the price reflected that. Today however, the best cooperatives are up there with ones from Alsace, in North Eastern France, and like the Alsatian wines, the Southern French Wines are commanding respect from buyers from around the world, not for their cheap price, but for their quality.
The wines below are from Les Vignobles Foncalieu, a union of cooperatives anchored in the heart of Languedoc. It has 650 winegrowers that have over 4000 hectares of vineyards, stretching from Corbières massif to the plains between Carcassonne and Béziers. The growers and winemakers have shared passion to produce wine of the highest quality. On this tasting it is certainly paying off. Check out the wines below and the rosé from the ‘Want the Best Rosé Wine in the World?‘ post.
2019 Le Versant Viognier, Les Vignobles Foncalieu, S France, Alc. 13.5% £8.00
Easy drinker! A quality Vegan friendly wine that will hit the spot with its subtle notes of peaches and fine acidity.
Available from Bon Coeur Fine Wines – https://www.bcfw.co.uk/
2019 Sillages Albariño Les Vignobles Foncalieu, S France, Alc. 13%
A few years back Spain’s Albariño grape became the wine to put on your dinner table. This French version is well worth a punt.
2019 Ensedune Malbec Vignobles Foncalieu, S France, Alc. 13.5%
Vegan Friendly. Old World Malbec works rather well in the South of France
Available from http://www.foncalieu.com/en/