Duché d'Uzès Wine
The picturesque medieval hill town of Uzès, with its famous 'Tour Fenestrelle', is a frequent base when we are exploring in wine country due to its' proximity to the vineyards of the Rhône and the Languedoc, but principally because our parents have a holiday home there which is infinitely preferable to staying in a hotel; especially when they are in residence and hot meals are provided.
The local wine was promoted to full 'Appellation Contrôlée' status in 2012, which is testament to how much quality has improved since the turn of the century. We have been shipping from Lionel Pourquier's 'Domaine Camp Galhan' for over a decade now and his wines have been consistently reliable. His white 'Cuvée Amanlie' is made from a blend of Viognier, Roussanne and Grenache Gris and has a wealth of ripe stone fruit scents and flavours, a lovely smooth texture and a persistent dry finish. Lionel avers that is goes well with asparagus and he should know as that is his chief farming interest after viticulture. His red 'Les Pérassières' is made from 60% Syrah and 40% Grenache Noir and is redolent of wild garrigue herbs and berries with a core of dark fruit, supple tannins and peppery undertones. It makes a fine partner to warming country dishes such as cassoulet or pot au feu and will cellar well for 3-5 years.