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66300 Trouillas
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30/12/2015 It's been a great year!

This year has been a magnificent vintage for us.

We were singled out as the "Nouveau Talent" of the Roussillon by Revue du Vin de France, the country's most respected wine magazine.

Sales have been very strong throughout our network. Our UK sales have been the best ever thanks especially to Prohibition Wines in Muswell Hill, The Solent Cellar in Lymington and the addition of Lea and Sandeman in West London. Cambridge Wine Merchants remain our major UK outlet. Loubaton Imports in New York hit the ground running and sold the first pallet in days. On the other side of the world, Maison Vauron have been doing a great job in New Zealand. In addition we've made little inroads into Switzerland, Catalunya, Poland and Slovakia.

The 2015 harvest was excellent. Thanks to more hard work in the vineyards and some investment in better equipment, our yields were up from an average of 18hl/ha to a far more respectable 32hl/ha and the quality of the wine in the cellar is perhaps the best I've ever seen. In addition we formed a partnership with a very passionate grower at Forca Réal further north in the Roussillon, from which we harvested some old-vine Macabeu and Mourvedre. This will allow us to produce more of our popular wines like Ciel Vide, One Block Grenache and Motus, which have been selling out way before the new vintages were ready.

So we're very excited about 2016.

20/06/2014 New vintages of red wines now available

Earlier this week we bottled most of the 2012 vintage of red wines. They are available for purchase via this website or at the winery.

Something very exciting for fans of Syrah, we have made a 2012 Le Secret. This is the first time since 2008 that I felt that the flavour was significantly different from both the Three Peaks and the Tahi.

Le Secret 2012

Enticing aromas of crushed blackberries, undergrowth and rare beef. The palate is immedaitely pleasing with a lovely balance of fruit, silky tannins and an underlying mineral complexity. On the finsih there is a hint of black pepper to go alongside the lasting fruit concentration. I think this is a going to be a really great wine. Anjoyable now but with tons of promise.

Motus 2012

Primary fruit on the nose - blackberries, damsons and figs. Underneath there is a sense of chocolate and caramel. The palate is fruit-forward. It's big and succulent but with great acidity. Much more vibrancy than previous vintages and a finish that reminds me of a dessert I once had with strawberries, chocolate ice-cream and balsamic vinegar. Sounds weird but it's delicious.

18/03/2014 Jancis Robinson's latest reviews places us among Roussillon's "Hallowed Names"

Domaine Treloar is now the overall highest rated Roussillon wine producer on Jancis Robinson's site.

Here are the reviews, with kind permission. Read the full article by subscribing to Purple Pages.

Treloar, One Block Muscat 2011 IGP Côtes Catalanes 16 Drink 2013-2015
Restrained nose, attractive herbal and floral character on the palate. Dry but balanced. Soft, drinkable – and not overly aromatic. (RH)

Treloar, One Block Muscat 2012 IGP Côtes Catalanes 16 Drink 2013-2015
Fresh and vibrant – loads of floral character. Super bright fruit. Not at all soapy or overdone. Medium finish, with lovely purity. (RH)

Treloar, La Terre Promise 2012 IGP Côtes Catalanes 16.5 Drink 2014-2018
Single vineyard co-planted with Grenache Gris, then Macabeu, Grenache Blanc and Carignan Blanc. Barrel fermented. Creamy, rich and textural with a light butter note. Lovely peachy fruit. (RH) 13.5%

Treloar, Le Ciel Vide 2012 Côtes du Roussillon 16.5 Drink 2014-2018
Unoaked Syrah, Grenache and Mourvèdre. Really pure fruit and good substance on the mid-palate. A lighter style of Roussillon, but not at all thin. Refreshing with a chocolate and liquorice character and so, so drinkable. (RH) 14%

Treloar, One Block Grenache 2011 IGP Côtes Catalanes 17 Drink 2014-2022
Grenache and Lledoner Pelut (which is not permitted for AC Roussillon, hence it’s an IGP). Dark chocolate – much blacker fruit than expected. Furry tannin, really aromatic and scented. Much more nuance than the typical voluminous Grenaches. (RH) 14.5%

Treloar, Three Peaks 2011 Côtes du Roussillon 17+ Drink 2013-2023
50% Syrah, 20% Grenache, 30% Mourvèdre. Rich aniseed and liquorice character on the nose, with a really charming violet scent. Very fine tannins, fresh acid. Chocolate and spice. Dry tannins that would support ten years of bottle ageing easily. (RH) 14%

Treloar, Le Maudit 2011 Côtes du Roussillon 17 Drink 2014-2020
Based on Carignan. Really dense fruit with loads of juicy bramble flavour – but really tamed tannins and great acid. Tender and yielding – Carignan at its softest. Charming floral lift and super acid that really refreshes the finish. (RH) 14%

Treloar, Motus 2011 Côtes du Roussillon 17.5 Drink 2014-2016
Based on Mourvèdre. Wow – creamy and sweet and soft, with gorgeous fruit purity. American oak aged (preferred to French to give a sweeter element and preserve the fruit). Long and fine. Smooth and succulent texture. Lovely tension between the tannin and acid. (RH)

Treloar, Tahi 2006 Côtes du Roussillon 16.5 Drink 2013-2020
Majority Syrah, plus Grenache and Mourvèdre. Chocolate, black cherry, really softened tannins, dry and smooth on the palate. Spicy finish. Really charming. (RH)

Treloar, Tahi 2007 Côtes du Roussillon 17.5 Drink 2012-2020
Meaty and floral – such lovely development and open fragrance. Loads of acid still – really bright and perky on the palate. Furry tannins on the finish. Hale and hearty. (RH)

Treloar, Tahi 2008 Côtes du Roussillon 17.5 Drink 2015-2026
Meat, liquorice, chocolate. Violet perfume on the mid-palate. Still very formative, with plenty of tannic grip, but soft and plump enough to go down very smoothly. (RH)

Treloar, Tahi 2009 Côtes du Roussillon 18 Drink 2017-2027
Creamy texture. Really vibrant fruit – black bramble character with a touch of menthol and some gamey character too. Drying tannins on the finish – this needs plenty of time. Gorgeous smoke and flint note. (RH)

Treloar 2012 Muscat de Rivesaltes 16+ Drink 2013-2018
Rich, opulent, thick and beautifully scented. Really clean and fresh – none of the harshness and fire that you can get with this style. Sophisticated, even! (RH)

 

 

14/02/2014 Tahi named one of the top Roussillon wines of the past 5 years

La Revue du Vin de France, probably the most respected wine magazine in the country has listed their best 80 red Catalan wine, including Roussillon but also Priorat, Montsant and the rest of Spanish Catalunya.

We are very pleased to see Tahi mentioned twice in the list. Bothe the 2007 and 2009 vintages feature high up in the ranking, amongst famous long-standing Roussillon estates like Domaine Gauby and Gardies as well as Torres' icon Priorat wines Mas la Plana and Grans Muralles.

06/01/2014 Changes to the wine list

Unfortunately we have now sold out of Le Maudit 2011. A wine which proved very popular. We also have no more Tahi 2007 or Le Secret 2008.

We've kept our prices very static since 2006 but three vintages of very low yields, increased costs and greater demand for our wines means we are having to increase prices slightly. They still remain some of the best value wines in the Roussillon and therefore in the whole of France.

For example, Tom Cannavan's Wine-Pages encourages members to post their top wine purchases of the year. Again we were included in several lists, notably best budget red for Three Peaks.

17/10/2013 End of Harvest Selection Case - UK Only

To mark the end of our 8th harvest, we're offering a case of some of our most popular wines. These wines are in short supply and we'll run out of stocks pretty soon. It includes 3 bottles each of:

Muscat de Rivesaltes 2011 - The best Muscat de Rivesaltes according to Gilbert & Gaillard and a starred entry in Le Guide Hachette.

Tahi 2006 - 93 Points from Jamie Goode and Tim Atkin. From our first harvest and drinking beautifuly now.

Le Maudit - Pure Carignan from 65 year-old vines. Only 1900 bottles made.

One Block Muscat 2011 - The last few bottles of this popular white wine. Try it with some aged cheese!

This selection is only available in the UK.

£149.00 per case with £7.50 delivery (free delivery if you order 2 or more cases)

15/10/2013 Harvest Report 2013

This year has been a little different. Spring was very late with floweringcoming three weeks after it normally does. This meant that the grapes would not be ripe at their usual time. However, summer brought great weather with sufficient rainfall to keep the vines happy. There was virtually no fungal disease and the damp weather meant that we had almost no insect problems. Which meant that we sprayed less than any other year.

Harvest started on the 5th September with Grenache Gris and blanc for La Terre Promise. A week later we picked Muscat for One Block but we didn't start harvesting red grapes unti the 24 September. Three weeks later than normal.

We had a little set-back when a fire burnt part of the Grenache block but fortunately the firemen put it out soon enough.

Our harvest team included Ruth from Guest Wines in Newcastle, Max and Caitlin at Alimentum restaurant in Cambridge, James who works for Majestic, Georgia from AgriSud in Montpellier and Will from Plumpton College. All were wonderfully fed by our old friend Jill from New York.

Our pickers were all locals, many from Trouillas itself. Great team.

I'm very happy with both the condition and flavour of the grapes. The Syrah and Mourvedre in particular have superb potential. However, it's also been a great year for the white wines which have great acidity and lower alcohol levels than previous years. So don't let comments about the harvest in other regions cloud your view of the Roussillon.

 

21/05/2013 I said it was a good year

La Revue du Vin de France is probably the most respected wine mazine in France. In March, their reviewer visited me one Sunday morning and spent a hour discussing the vineyards and my winemaking. We tasted a number of wines together, including some of the 2012 vintage, still in tank and barrel, as well as some current releases. Today I was both stunned and pleased to read that they named us one of their two favourite Roussillon wineries in their review of the vintage. It's a great feeling to be recognised by the French wine media as well as the international critics and I hope will go a long way to helping French wine lovers discover our wines.

Order a case of 3 bottles each of the the 4 wines highlighted by RVF.
One Block Muscat, La Terre Promise, Le Secret and Motus.

For Delivery to the UK
For Delivery in France

 

 

15/10/2012 A Good Year

I generally say that the vintage variation in the Roussillon is much less than that in places such as Bordeaux and Burgundy but 2012 for us was as good a year as we have seen. The early season rain provided our soils with sufficient water to endure the dry, hot summer. It also caused "couloure" which means fewer berries per bunch, naturally reducing the yields to enable more consistent ripening and more concentrated flavours in the grapes.

The harvest began, typically, on the 27th August but ended a few days early on the 24th September. It was a glorious period with moderate, clear, sunny days which enables us to choose our picking days precisely without fear of rain or overripening.

Although we sorted the bunches by hand, there was little to reject this year in most vineyards. The quality of the grapes coming into the winery was extremely high and required almost no intervention to produce wines of lovely balance and character with great potential.

We were also able to make two experimental cuvées. The first was an oxidative style of Muscat, which will be similar to the MO2 but not quite the same. The grapes were picked with a potential alcohol level of 17 % and fermented in barrel with wild yeast. It is currently maturing in 5 old, partially-filled barrels outside the winery.

The second is perhaps even more exciting. I decided to perform a whole-bunch ferment using our two oldest vineyards the 1955 Carignan and the 1972 Syrah, picked on the same day. This was not a Carbonic Maceration but a tradional ferment on stems with daily treading of the grapes. The aromas and flavours in the wine at the moment are extraordinary.

Now we just have to choose the correct type of barrels in which to age it. I've chosen some 450lt French Oak tonneaux from Tonnellerie Rousseau. These are double the normal size and designed to impart less oak flavour, so as not to mask the great character of the wine. Fingers crossed!

29/06/2012 A Song for Domaine Treloar

Last year John Storey visited us with some friends. It turns out he comes from Barnsley too and is a folk singer/songwriter, now based in Harrogate. He was inspired by the history of how Domaine Treloar came to be and wrote a song about it called "One Block Away".




Click here to learn more about John Storey and his music.

 

18/06/2012 New Vintages available

On June 7th we bottled the new vintages of several wines over two days. At 28 000 bottles this is the biggest single bottling we have ever done.

The new wines are available from the winery. We have kept prices the same as the previous vintage.

One Block Muscat 2011 6,80€

La Terre Promise 2011 10,00€

Muscat de Rivesaltes 2011 7,50€

Le Ciel Vide 2011 6,50€

Three Peaks 2010 8,50 €

Motus 2010 12,22€

01/06/2012 Jonny gets a New Tractor

Although I love my old Fiat tractor, it was getting too weak to do some of the important jobs in the vineyard. So this lovely new Massey-Furguson, complete with air-conditioned cabin, is the latest addition to the family.

 

15/05/2012 Tahi wins Prestige Wine Competition

The "Prestige Wines of the Languedoc" competition, organised by Sud de France, was aimed at finding the best 40 wines made in the region from producers of the very highest quality. Each winery was restricted to only submitting their top 3 wines, which were tasted blind by a panel of British experts including Stephen Spurrier, Rosemary George MW and Julia Harding MW. The Tahi 2007 was selected ahead of many of the region's superstar wines from far more famous producers. I'm very pleased to have my "baby" recognised at this level from only the second vintage.

 

06/04/2012 Improvements at the winery.

Over the winter we were very fortunate to have Jerry, a retired landscape gardener, renting the Cellarmasters House. Jerry is not the kind of man who likes to sit around so when he saw the tonnes of gravel, stones and paving stones waiting for someone to use them, he volunteered to help. He was a master! Landscaping and laying paths and seating areas in no time.

Have a look at the photos here.

And don;t forget what it used to look like!

30/1/2012 Wine for the Mobile Generation

I've been playing around with Flashcodes to allow people with smartphones and other mobile devices to get and store information about us and our wines. If you've got the app, try this...

 

 

16/01/2012

Alternative ways to describe wine

How many times have you read a wine review and thought "What are they on about". Wine isn't about words, it's about feelings and sensations. For Vinisud 2012, Treloar and our fellow Outsiders are planning an alternative tasting which encourges people to match the sensation of wines to images and discuss why.

I like to describe wines in terms of characters, rather than smells or flavours. I often visualise a person, real or fictional, who resembles the character of the wine. So, just to limit things, here are some film characters who I think represent my wines:

One Block Muscat : Mrs Coulter

La Terre Promise : Galadriel

Le Ciel Vide : Jean de Florette

One Block Grenache : Princess Fiona

Three Peaks : Maximus Decimus Meridius

Le Secret : James Bond (as played by Daniel Craig)

Motus : Wolverine from X-Men

Tahi : James Bond (as played by Sean Connery)

14/11/2011 Foreign Adventures

Over the last 2 weeks Jonathan has been presenting our wine at a few events in foreign cities.

For the last weekend in October he was at Rindchen's Vinorell, their brilliant annual public tasting. This year we had a huge lineup of 7 wines, giving people the chance to taste new things like One Block Muscat and Le Secret as well as old favourites like One Block Grenache and Three Peaks but the star of the show was Tahi 2006.

At the start of November, Jon spent 3 days in Cambridge. He started with a tasting for the fellows of the Cambridge colleges, which resulted in our wines joining the world's most impressive cellars.

Then followed a couple of Game dinners at the St John Chophouse and The Cock in Hemingford Grey. Our wines go brilliantly with these kind of dishes. One Block Muscat was paired with the Quail and Black Pudding Terrine with Chutney. La Terre Promise with Squirrel, Cobnut and Bramble salad. All the reds, particularly Motus, are perfect partners for richer dishes like Pheasant Breast, Confit of Hare, Venison Haunch and the incredibly rich Game Livers.

On the third night Jon presented the range to the Leckhampton Wine Club (Corpus Christi Postgraduates) where the overall impression was the incredible value for money of the wines.

06/10/2011 End of Harvest and a Special Project

Harvest 2011 is finally over. It has been a great one. Weather conditions through the year were tricky but ended with a long ripening period just before harvest. We had to reject a lot of bunches damaged by hail, downy mildew and insects but the rigorous selection has resulted in some of the most concentrated and delicious wines we've ever made. Quantities will be limited in all wines so please contact us to reserve your favourites.

Chateau McGuire is the name of a special project wine that we have made for Stuart McGuire. Stuart is one of our loyal customers who found himself a victim of testicular cancer at a young age. In order to raise awareness of the risks of testicular cancer and to raise money for the charities that helped him through the ordeal, Stuart has commissioned a fabulous Cotes du Roussillon red wine from us.

Chateau McGuire 2008 is available in the UK and France. 3€ from each bottle will be split between his chosen charities - Cancer Research UK and McMillans.

Please read Stuart's story on his own page.

You can order Chateau McGuire through us here.

 

21/6/2011 New releases of popular wines

Yesterday we finally bottled the latest vintages of some of our most in-demand wines. At last we have some white wines in stock!

One Block Muscat 2010 is a lovely combination of floral aromas and a citrus/peach flavour. For those who loved the 2006, this is the most similar to that vintage.

La Terre Promise 2010 has a fine minerality followed by great depth of flavour and complexity on the finish. This is our "Natural" wine, fermented in used barrels with wild yeasts and using only time to stabilise the wine.

Motus 2009 is another long-awaited wine. One of the only pure Mourvedre wines in the Roussillon and an extremely good value alternative to fine Bandol.

Tahi 2009 was only made in very small quantities. I spent longer trying to decide the perfect blend of this vintage than any other.

We also have a very limited number of Maginums of Tahi and Motus available.

To order or reserve these wines for collection, please go here.

31/5/2011 New Importers in Holland and Belgium

We are pleased to announce that De Ware Jacob, a well-established merchant in Amsterdam, has selected our wines.

In Belgium (Duffel) we are now being imported by Wijnhandel Opdebeeck .

14/02 2011 Critical Reviews in the UK and France

This month Le Secret was listed among the 50 best Syrah wines in the world under £25 by Decanter Magazine and selected by Rosemary George MW.

At the same time across the channel, or La Manche I should say, Le Revue du Vin de France listed our Le Ciel Vide in their top Roussillon Discoveries. It was by far the lowest priced wine in their review, with all its competitors ranging from 12 to 24 € compared to 5,50€, which probably explains why it is flying off the shelves at Cellier St Guilhem in Cabastany.

30/1/2011 Winery Improvements, phase II

We've started a series of improvments to the winery. Some aesthetic, some practical but all worthwhile. First of all we have put in a new entrance in the middle of the winery to make access easier and more attractive. We have got rid of the old harvest hopper - a vestige of the previous owner - and will create a new reception area to show off the old wooden presses and lovely oak vats.

Rachel has been very busy sorting out the courtyard, cutting down the bamboo to open the views to Canigou, planting fruit trees and shrubs around the borders and creating a new facade for the tractor shed. All in preparation for Vin Art at Easter.

30/12/2010 Three Peaks again chosen as the best value wine from the Roussillon

The most important wine website in Germany www.wein-plus.de has tasted, rated and reviewed all the Roussillon wines that are sold in Germany. The Three Peaks was awarded the highest rating for all wines under 10€.

 

18/11/2010 A few days in England

A week last Saturday I was rolling barrels around the winery. On Sunday morning I did a farmer's market in Trouillas village (more about that later) and on Sunday evening I was in Cambridge discussing the schedule for the next few days with Stewart Travers of Cambridge Wine Merchants.

On Monday I was reminded of the nightmare that driving around England has become. Three hours to cover 65 miles from Cambridge to Oxford! Caryl Penman, of Chateau Rives Blanques, and I were presenting our wines to the Stewards of the Oxford colleges - the largest wine buyer in the world and hence people who really know their stuff. Despite Le Secret being corked, it looks like Domaine Treloar will be in those historic cellars soon.

That evening we presented our wines to the young and enthusiastic staff of Cambridge Wine Merchants. One of the guys had built a whole cabinet showing the links between our wines and Bruce Springsteen. That guy received one of my new "This Hard Land" T-shirts.

On Tuesday we visited Midsummer House, the 2-star Michelin restaurant who lists our wines and then went through the wines which have been chosen by The Chop House. I was impressed by the high level of interest shown by their young team. In the eveing I hosted a Game dinner at the St John Chop House. Then menu featured rarities such as Rook and Squirrel alongside Hare, Wild Mallard and Venison Liver. I was very pleased with how well the wines (red and white) went with the dishes.

Early Wednesday morning I headed off to London for the Outsiders tasting at the Maison du Languedoc in Cavendish Square. I've been excited about this event for a long time and it lived up to expectations. The 12 of us showed what a diverse and exciting region this is for making wine, especially when you apply new skills and ideas. There were over 70 visitors covering the cream of British wine writing - Andrew Jefford, Anthony Rose, Tim Atkin, Simon Woods - and the trade - The Wine Society, Laithwaites, Cambridge Wine Merchants, Leon Stolarski and many more.

On Thursday I met up with a group of old friends from my previous life. Of course they wanted to know how it was all going and it was fantastic to be able to show them that day's Evening Standard which had a article featuring Treloar among the the best Roussillon wines.

 

17/10/2010 Article in Mana magazine

Mana is a very attractive Maori culture magazine in New Zealand. In issue 96 they have published an article about us. The text starts with "What's a wine with a Maori name doing in France?"

The article tells the story which can also be found on this website here but also includes an interesting piece of Treloar family history which can be downloaded.

It's a great article and will hopefully make some enterprising New Zealand wine importer realise that Treloar is not just another hard-to-sell Languedoc wine.

12/10/10 Harvest report

2010 has been our most challenging year so far. The weather has been unconventional and we've also taken on a further 3 hectares of old vines for a project with our German importer, Rindchen's.

Harvest lasted exactly one month. Beginning on the 28th August with Muscat petits grains and ending on the 28th September with Mourvedre, as usual.

Like many local producers, our yields are lower than usual but fortunately for us we have not lost whole vineyards to hail. So me must be thankful for that.

 

 

This year we have made some exciting small batches of wine including a 100% Carignan and 3 barrels hand-selected from the oldest Syrah vineyard in the commune. The character is more like Cote Rotie than Roussillon and I have high hopes for this wine.

Our 2010 harvest team was one of the best. Helped by three great students from Plumpton College - Tom (who has been here twice before), Janet and Helen. We were also joined by Jill, an old friend from New York.

 

The new barrels should be arriving this week then we can get the wines safely tucked up in their oak homes for the next 12 months.

Here are the pickers enjoying the now famous Treloar Coffee and Croissants...

Pickers enjoying coffee break

 

28/5/10 Fabulous reviews from Jancis Robinson

Jancis lists us among her favourite 30 producers in the whole of the Languedoc-Roussillon. Not bad considering there are 3000 of us to choose from.

At Vinisud we had the pleasure of meeting the exuberent Tamlyn Currin who is part of Jancis's small but highly talented tasting and writing team.

Jancis has now published her article on "Strangers in the Languedoc" (subscribers only) which features Domaine Treloar. It tells our story much better than I have ever managed to do and the critical reviews of our wines are still making me blush. Click here for the tasting notes.

15/5/10 Is the The Year of the Volcano?

2010 is turning out to be a very odd year weather-wise. First we had a very dry winter, then a foot of snow in March, followed by a hot spell when the Icelandic volcano stopped flights. Then it turned very cold with driving rain for 2 weeks in April and early May. Now the rain has stopped and La Tramontane has arrived with winds of up to 50kmh.

Despite this weirdness the vines are looking pretty healthy and the weather has actually reduced the need to spray against the usual mildews. Traditional farmers (organic and conventional) have been wasting time and money on chemicals but I haven't sprayed anything yet. That's Sustainable Viticulture.

5/5/10 New Shipments to Canada

We are pleased to announce that some of our wines will shortly be available in Ontario and Alberta.

For Ontario, please contact Pascale Daignault at Oakpoint Wines or on 519-337-5288.

For Alberta, please contact Marc Vigneron of Nobilis Wine Importers on 403-296-0170

1/5/10 Wine Educators Visit

A rather embarrasing start to the day. It was booked in the diary for 8:30 Saturday morning. Where was I? In bed reading "Bad Science". Whoops! Quick shower, brush teeth, off we go...

An hour in the vineyard discussing Richard Smart's theories on viticulture, why I believe Sustainable Viticulture is more ecological than Organics, the truth and the myths of terroir and the various diseases that affect grapevines.

It was a very interesting visit, for me as well as the group, because of the questions.

Follow the link for more information on the classes and tours run by the Association of Wine Educators

1/3/10 One Block wins Gold Medal

Our One Block Grenache was entered in the Berlin Wine Trophy by our German importer Rindchen's Weinkontor and came away with a gold medal. Not having known that the wine was even in the competition, we are naturally pleased with the news.

What is happening all too often is that by the time the results of tastings or competitions are published, the recommended vintage has all been bought. As I feel that our wines are improving all the time, mainly due to the effects of my vineyard work, this is not really a problem.

4/2/10 We now have a UK Agent

We are pleased to announce that our wines are now being represented in the UK by Hallgarten Druit. We'll still be available through our existing merchants but we are hoping that Hallgarten will help us reach new customers that we couldn't supply directly. It will also save me a lot of paperwork and those uncomfortable phone calls prospecting merchants.

As part of their UK roadshow, I'll be presenting our wine at France Under One Roof at Lords Cricket Ground on 10th March.

14/1/10 Three Peaks - The Best Value wine in the Region

Gerhart Eichelmanns, a highly-respected German wine journalist has listed our Three Peaks as the best value-for-money wine out of 1500 Roussillon wines tasted during his exhaustive tour of the region. The notes are published in "Mondo 57".

6/1/10 Love That Roussillon

Over the holidays we had the pleasure of welcoming Ryan O'Connor. Ryan wears two hats. He's the winemaker of O'Vineyards in the Cotes de la Malpere and the author and director of Love That Languedoc, a video blog of the wines and winemakers of the Languedoc-Roussillon. We had a good old chat while tasting the new Rose and my white wines. Move over Oz Clarke, I think we have a new on-screen wine personality! Watch the video here.

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