Andrew Guard

2018 Vin de Pays des Côtes Catalanes Rouge 'Vieilles Vignes', Clos du Rouge Gorge

Deep colour with vibrant purple reflections. The depth, amplitude and the elegance of the nose even at this young stage are captivating. In the mouth, the tannins are present but quite gently. It is silky, homogeneous and deep.This is a super wine centred on delicacy, freshness and the purity, with its silky tannins bringing an almost Burgundian feel, and a magnificent balance - we are in the South so naturally, there is some weight and some volume but the freshness and poise is quite unbelievable. One to keep

The wines of the Clos du Rouge Gorge are elegant, balanced and full of character, alongside those from Maxime Magnon and Bruno Duchêne they represent the finest from the current generation of wine-makers in the Languedoc-Roussillon.

Not surprisingly, they are products of living soils, uniquely beautiful with pure silken fruit, moderate levels of alcohol and crisp acidity - they are serious and ageworthy yet delicious examples of the indigenous grapes of the Roussillon.

In many ways Cyril's commitment to farming is similar to the legendary Thierry Allemand of Cornas and the cornerstone to the quality of his wine. File all these wines under "DO NOT MISS"