The Mellots have been growing vines and making wine in the Loire Valley since 1513. The investment has paid off; today, Joseph Mellot is the only estate that owns vineyards in every appellation of the Loire. Wines in their second line, Sincerité, are sourced from numerous estate vineyards across the region. Medium coral hue and medium body with dried florals, red berries, green raspberry spicing and brisk acidity carrying this herbal-hued wine to a snappy finish. Friendly for food and solo sipping too.
Unlike most of Cahors, planted on the flat plains, Clos Siguier is on the highest limestone plateau 500 m high on the hilltop village of Bagat. Clos Siguier was founded in 1779 and it has been in the Bley family ever since. From youthful Malbec vines, this deeply hued rosé is gently pressed with skins and native fermented. Bley allows this wine to do as it pleases; some years it is bone dry, other years it has a swing of residual sugar. This year is the latter, with a bump of strawberry jam coring pink florals, chamomile, baby wipes and some sweet candied orange. There is a swing of balsamic in this natural wine along with a tightened finish. All in all, disjointed vintage that works less than his other wines.
Classic modern Rhône, dominated by Grenache and Syrah and dusted with Carignan, Cinsault, and Mourvèdre. The vineyards are around 300m, on gravelly soils dotted with pebbles and limestone. One third of this sees time in used wood for 6 months. Ripe and fleshy raspberry, black cherry and mulberry are punctuated with waves of tar, resinous dried raspberry, new leather and ample black pepper. Tannins are grippy but cushy, housing the ripe fruit to a clipped, warm finish.
If you choose your wines by the seasons like your wardrobe, then here’s a great winter wine. Deep ruby in colour, it has a spicy blackberry and white pepper bouquet; medium-bodied, dry and firmly structured, it expresses sweet, ripe, red berry fruit. It marries well with red meat dishes, especially beef stew.
Lively scents of spicy red cherry are accented with a pinch of dried savoury. Succulent bitter cherry flavour is backed by light tannic grip, food-friendly acidity and a splash of black chocolate. Classic Beaujolais to quaff with relish.
Clear medium-deep garnet. Herbal nose from the Cabernet Franc, but one can also scent plums and light molasses. Tasty but simple flavours of raspberry and cherry. Drink now.