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Sunday Times, May 2014

ST May 2014Martin Moran in the Sunday Times of 25 May 2014.

Of the Deux Cols ‘Cuvée d’Alizé’ 2012 he says “a fresh wine with pristine fruit falvours and silky tannins”

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Irish Times Christmas Supplement 2013

IT-Christmas-Mag2013-Deux-Cols-225x300John Wilson recommends Les Deux Cols “Cuvée d’Alizé” 2012 for Christmas Dinner in the magazine supplement that came with the Irish Times of Friday 15th November.

“An exceptional wine for the price” he writes, “with wonderful fresh but rounded dark berry fruits, herbs and black olives. It has the substance to stand up to the full range of flavours but won’t dominate proceedings.”

Harvest September 2012

The 2012 harvest in the Southern Rhône looks like it’s going to be a cracker – a small crop with clean, fully ripe grapes that have good levels of acidity and sugar levels that for once are relatively low. My own experience so far has been mixed and can be summed up as follows:

pause-cafeHigh points:

  1. Beautiful, warm weather with a constant northerly breeze. Perfect harvesting conditions.
  2. Wonderfully welcoming people at the cellar where my tanks are housed.
  3. A hugely knowledgeable friend in Denis Deschamps to nudge me in the right direction and question my decisions.
  4. Buying and filling my own fermenting tanks.
  5. Harvesters’ “pause café” at 10.30am (see photo) – the word ‘café’ is somewhat misleading.
  6. Tasting the first juice and then the first partially fermented wine (must be worth at least €100 a bottle it’s so good!).
  7. A lovely gîte in Collias where I’m staying, a little village on the banks of the Gardon, just upstream from the extraordinary Pont du Gard.

 

de=stemming by handLow points:

  1. Having to wait a few days before getting really stuck in due to rain during the last week of August.
  2. Having to de-stem 200kg of Syrah grapes by hand because the winery can’t work with such a small volume. Talk about repetitive strain injury.
  3. The cockerel in the neighbour’s house who seemingly hasn’t got a clue whether it’s day or night and starts anywhere between 5.00-6.00am. Wouldn’t a battery powered alarm clock be nicer for everyone?
  4. The other neighbour’s dog who thinks it’s great fun to join in with the cockerel.
  5. Pieds et paquets – look it up.