There are quite a few Organic wines included in our French Wine Sale, so I thought now might be a good time to look at the category.
Once seen as a niche product, consumption of organic wine is now growing faster than that of conventional vintages.
Their success can be put down to the fact that many Organic producers are now making innovative and delicious wines as good as or better than anything made by conventional methods, and a growing awareness of the environmental consequences of conventional agriculture is making itself felt.
I have picked out just a few of my favourite organic French wines below.
Starting out in the Languedoc at Domaine Begude, where all fruit is organically-grown on rocky-limestone soils, in high-altitude, south-facing vineyards. Technically speaking one’s not supposed to do it, but Begude’s owner James Kinglake is so proud of his little part of the Languedoc that he felt he just had to put the postcode on a bottle! ‘Terroir 11300’ (€13.95 down from €17.95) is a pure Chardonnay with zesty citrus freshness coupled with apple and pear notes; fine structure & pleasing minerality.
For my next choice I am going with an organic Sancerre, Dauny Père et Fils (€17.95 down from €22.95) which displays wonderfully crisp Sauvignon characters, with appealing flavours of gooseberry and elderflower. The vineyards that produce this wine, Les Caillottes, are notably pebbly with chalky subsoils, and this mineral-rich terroir is reflected in the wine - which remains keenly dry but is made in a more accessible and creamy style than many Sancerres.
On to the reds now, and first up is a Malbec from Cahors in the southwest of France, now I know most of us immediately think of Argentina when Malbec is mentioned, but this part of France is where the grape is originally from. Château les Croisille Silice (€15.16 down from €18.95) is thoroughly-modern Malbec; delicious ripe black-berried fruit and restrained use of oak make this a must-try wine.
My last selection is from Château Caraguilhes, one of France's oldest and best organic estates. Although from the Languedoc, Les Jardins Caraguilhes (€14.16 down from €17.95) is quite like a premium Côtes-du-Rhône in style; incredibly smooth and brimming with plenty of sweet ripe fruit flavours of crushed raspberry, blackcurrant and cherry along with some underlying herbal notes.
Our French Wine Sale continues right through until Bank Holiday Monday, May 7th, so there can be no better time to pick up a few bottles of your favourite French wine or even to try something new.