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Other French Reds and Rosés

"CUVEÉ FANNY 2021" Rosé  IGP Pays d'Oc  Domaine Puech-Berthier 
New vintage, 2021, now expected end of June
This is made from a blend of Cinsault and Grenache. Pretty, pale colour; dry, perfumed; faintly perfumed finish. 


"LE CROIZILLON" AC Cahors 2020 Ch. les Croisille
Fresh, lively, delicious Cahors - not heavy and black! Lovely winemaking


"LA MINETTE" Rosé  AC Ventoux 2019 Domaine Vintur 
Pale, dry, mainly Cinsault, with 10% Grenache and 5% Mourvèdre, organic. Fresh and refreshing, better value than rosés that bear the word "Provence" on the label. 


BEAUJOLAIS ROSÉ 2018 Domaine des Marrans 
100% Gamay - pale, dry - drinking it with food brings out extra depth of flavour in this wine. 


BEAUJOLAIS VILLAGES 2019 Domaine des Marrans
Mathieu Mélinand runs this estate based in Fleurie. He took over from his father a few years ago, and I have watched his winemaking improve in each succeeding vintage. 


MINERVOIS 2019 Pierre Cros 
A new discovery for us: this is a treat. Lovely texture, sort of mouthcoating, lots of blackcurrant fruit, notes of cinnamon, and a touch of earthiness. Monsieur Cros, ex-professional rugby player, describes himself as a "vigneron-militant" and rails against the pseud marketing rubbish put out about how vines were cultivated by monks in his area since time immemorial, blah-blah-blah. And he has no time for petty bureaucrats who won't let him plant grape varieties that he wants to plant, so he plants them anyway and gets fined by the authorities for doing so, and goes ahead and makes wine out of them. 


A blend of old-vine Grenache, Syrah, and Mourvèdre. Goes really well with venison.


FLEURIE 2018 Domaine des Marrans
This estate is based in Fleurie, and this is their main wine. Copybook Fleurie - fresh, floral and bouncy.


"CALCAIRE" AC Cahors 2018 Ch. les Croisille
More serious than "Le Croisillon" above, this spends 18 months in oak barrels, and can be cellared for a few years yet, but is completely approachable now. This estate is up in the hills, not down in the valley, giving the wines a bouncy freshness due to the altitude.