Côtes de Thongue Wine
The Côtes de Thongue is an interesting enclave of viticulture centred in the Thongue valley between Béziers and Pézenas. For reasons that are unclear it boasts an impressive concentration of aspirational vignerons making some impressive wines. In the 2003 edition of her 'Wines of the South of France' Rosemary George, MW wrote: "There is one Vin de Pays in the Hérault that has a firm sense of unity, with a strong group of talented and committed producers, and that is the Côtes du Thongue." Just over a decade ago we decided the area merited further investigation and solicited samples from all the independent growers we could find, who weren't already represented in the U.K., which was pretty much all of them. We then held an extensive blind tasting at our Mere H.Q. which had a very clear conclusion as 4 out of our panel of 5 had marked the wines from the Domaine Les Filles de Septembre in as their favourites. A visit to see les frères Géraud in Abeilhan soon followed and our inaugural order for the 2006 vintage was shipped.
Today the Gérauds wines are amongst our best-sellers and as they have proved incredibly consistent over successive vintages. Their attractive coral-pink rosé is made from a blend of Cabernet Franc, Grenache, Syrah and Cinsault and has delicate red berry aromas and racy, palate of redcurrants and raspberries with a crisp, clean finish. The red, which accounts for the lion's share of production, comes from a base of 50% Merlot along with 25% each of Grenache and Carignan. With an enticing ripe blackberry bouquet and silky-textured plum and cassis palate offset by delicate tannins it drinks incredibly well from release and makes a fine foil for charcuterie, grilled red meat and soft cheeses.