Thursday 12th August
With its ancient Cathar fortresses perched on craggy citadels commanding the arid hillsides and looking dreamily to the blue Mediterranean beyond, Languedoc has an eerie, rugged splendour and a sense of being lost in time quite different from the elegance of Provence on the other side of the Rhone river. From the simple pleasures of lip-stinging Picpoul to the fortified wines of Maury and Banyuls, winemaking is as varied as it is ancient and we have chosen three wines from different parts of Languedoc that highlight the richness of this region. The white is a return to our shelves for trailblazing Roussillon producers Le Soula. Full-bodied and intense it captures the hot rocks and dry slopes of this dramatic landscape. Then to the reds with a juicy, fruit-driven Corbieres and a fabulously meaty Syrah from the poetically named Pic St Loup.