Chateau Le Payral,
a Bergerac producer from between Montbazillac and Sainte-Foy, was the find of the holiday. The Lou Payral Rouge had a real wildness about it. Fresh, slightly bitter tannins with a mouthfeel like biting into dark forest fruits. Luscious, fresh, stemmy and wild! Feels far more cool climate than it is.
And yet, it’s their Lou Payral Blanc which I fell in love with. Cloudy, golden, saliney, nutty, honeyed, with a wonderful texture. Hints of stone fruit, but it’s not becuase of its fruit that this wine sings. Both available for about €10-12, and a true shame they aren’t available in the UK.
Domaine Machard de Gramont’s Nuits-St-Georges (€24 from Intermarché) was a perfect display of a particular type of red Burgundy. Lovely and ripe cherries, some oak, vanilla and smoke. Nothing too herbaceous with a slight meatiness. This was silky, with a pepper and fruity long finish. Love this.