The Roussillon is an area of France which can sometimes be overlooked when compared to its more illustrious peers. While it may not have the prestige of Bordeaux or Burgundy, it more than makes up for it with wines that exhibit quality, intensity and a real sense of place whilst presenting unbelievable value.
Our new producer, Domaine Rière Cadène, demonstrates some of the best the Roussillon has to offer. Perfect for this time of year, the reds show warmth, spice, richness and complexity to perfectly see you through the last few weeks of winter, while the white Augusta Blanc is the perfect contrast, the blend combining a great balance of freshness and elegance.
Sensitive to nature and using organic techniques for the past 10 years, the current generation of Laurence and Jean-Francois Rière brought in the expertise of their Burgundy trained nephew Guillem Cadène in 2015. The estate has been in the family for over a century but looks to the future as much as to their heritage, crafting wines that impress with their energy and verve.
The Domaine's 30 hectares are spread over two very distinct terroirs, which are ideal for the respective wines. The red grapes are grown in the Têt Valley near Perpignan where the granite and quartz pebbles impart freshness, roundness and body whereas the white grapes are grown on the schist soil of the Agly Valley, which is suffused with minerality and tension.
Rendez-vous Rouge 2017, Côtes Catalanes IGP, Domaine Rière Cadène
£118.80 per case (12x75cl) inc VAT - £9.90 per bottle inc VAT
The Côtes Catalanes, in the sunkissed Roussillon, is ideal for the cultivation of Grenache, which loves a hot and dry climate. This fantastic value example is gushing with concentrated flavours of red fruits, crushed strawberry and a hint of puckering gooseberry. Perfect as an everyday drinker. 100% Grenache.
Les Galets de la Têt Syrah 2016, Côtes Catalanes IGP, Domaine Rière Cadène
£79.20 per case (6x75cl) inc VAT - £13.20 per bottle inc VAT
This wonderfully round and supple Syrah is reminiscent of the Northern Rhone whilst remaining truly evocative of its terroir, with its granite and quartz pebbles. Bursting with cherry, spice and liquorice notes this is a great food wine, with its fleshy character and persistent length. 100% Syrah.
Jean Rière Rouge 2015, Côtes du Roussillon AOP, Domaine Rière Cadène
£90.00 per case (6x75cl) inc VAT - £15.00 per bottle inc VAT
A tribute to Jean Rière, pater familias to Laurence and Jean Francois the cuvèe that bears his name has real presence, structure, and cellaring potential. A blend of Syrah and Grenache, it explodes from the glass with the scents of the South West; violets, black fruits, liquorice, black pepper, medicinal herbs and smoke. Supple tannins and refreshing acidity complete the profile of a wine which is ready to approach now, but will certainly reward those with the patience or willpower to leave their bottles alone for a year or two.
Augusta Blanc 2017, Côtes du Roussillon AOP, Domaine Rière Cadène
£70.20 per case (6x75cl) inc VAT - £11.70 per bottle inc VAT
This wonderful white pays tribute to the Via Augusta, a Roman road that brought grapevines to Roussillon some 2,000 years ago. To this day, the road snakes its way through the stunning rocky Pyrenees. The 80+ year old Macabeo and Grenache vines flourish in this Schist-rich terroir, and provide an expansive and ample flavour profile to this wine, whereas fruit from the younger Vermentino vines gives a zesty and exotic lift.
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