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Brits Charles and Rose Simpson bought Domaine Sainte Rose in the Languedoc region of France back in 2002. Following on from Charles’ successful career in Pharmaceutical marketing with GlaxoSmithKline and Merck plus Roses deep rooted family history with whisky producer William Grant, the couple have taken the difficult task of producing wine from one of the country’s most expressive and re-emerging wine regions. Along with other ex-pats from Britain, New Zealand, Ireland, Switzerland, USA, Netherland, Australia and Sweden, the couple are part of a group called ‘The Outsiders.’ The commonality amongst them was their decision to move to the Languedoc-Roussillon region and start a career in wine, recognising the potential of the areas terroir.
Les Deux Cesars – 2010 is a wine made exclusively for justgreatwine.co.uk. This is a blend of native varieties; Syrah, Mourvedre and Grenache. The wine shows great regional warming characters that I like. There’s a rich depth of fruit that continues to develop on the nose; black fruit, soft spice, a touch of tobacco and violets. After a short period those spices begin to lift to leave some noticeable raspberry aromas. The palate doesn’t lack depth either; black cherry, chocolate, warm forest fruit flavours. Tannins are fairly restricted whilst the acidity levels work well. It’s all about the fruit!
At £10.52 a bottle this is a good example of where the south is heading. Languedoc has long lived in the shadows of its more prestigious neighbours, Rhone, Bordeaux and Burgundy but it’s an area I’ve enjoyed for a while. With wines like this evolving it won’t be long before the rest of the wine drinking community wakes up and starts to fill their boots, or racks in this case. Enjoy!
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