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Fragrant, fruity, dry and refreshing southern French white made with sauvignon from Gascony and viognier from the Languedoc.
Product Code: FC39861
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LGI was the brainchild of Alain Grignon, formerly of the Foncalieu co-operative group, who had the vision of making inexpensive wines designed specifically for the export market. In this he was helped at the beginning by English merchant, and ex- Waitrose buyer, Mark Lynton. Most of the wines are sourced from a number of cooperatives, mostly along an axe between Carcassonne and Béziers with some fruit also coming from Limoux and from further away in Gascony. The winemaking and bottling is supervised by Xavier Roger, a Sancerrois and recently promoted to chief executive. The core business remains at entry-level prices, which, for The Society, means delicious wines like Domaine Laborie, Domaine Raynier and the marsanne-viognier blend, Pierre Borde, but LGI is also able to act as broker for several top estates. For The Society, this includes Domaine Barroubio in Saint-Jean de Minervois and Christophe Barbier in La Clape.
Where do we start in a region so huge? With production nearly three times that of Bordeaux, or more than the whole of Australia, the Languedoc-Roussillon accounts for about a third of all French wine made. The sheer scale of production and the intense competition to channel such volumes through to the market means that in most years supply is greater than demand so prices are kept in check. It is not for nothing that wines from the South of France offer such great value for money. Here you get what you pay for. The trick is to get beyond the gain line and tap into a rich vein of almost endless vinous pleasure. Appellation Contrôlée and Vin de Pays (also known as IGP – Indication Geographique Protegée) - officially, these are two quite different wine worlds that live side by side almost, seemingly, in complete ignorance of each other's existence. Luckily, reality is different and most producers see no conflict between the two and many produce wines under both codes. Nor is one necessarily better than the other. Indeed many of Languedoc's most iconic wines, such as Mas de Daumas Gassac and Grange des Pères, are Vin de Pays. So why the difference? The status of Appellation Contrôlée was gradually conferred to the historic heartlands of Languedoc-Roussillon, in other words those sites in the foothills of the Massif Central and Pyrenees where viticulture has existed since the Romans. Appellation status is also about taste and about wine made from a narrow selection of mostly Mediterranean grape varieties.Vin de Pays (IGP) was introduced to improve the quality of what was then the mass of 'vins ordinaries'. It confers an identity to wines coming from those areas that were planted during the big periods of expansion, mostly in the plain between Narbonne and Pézenas. It allows for higher yields than AC, and, more importantly, allows a much wider palette of grape varieties for the growers to choose from.In terms of grape varieties Languedoc-Roussillon is France's answer to the New World. In the duality of Appellation Contrôlée and Vin de Pays, the conformism of Parisian bureaucracy goes hand in hand with the creative spirit of pure liberalism. So in terms of grape variety, almost anything goes! Native Languedoc and Roussillon varieties are at the heart of all appellation wines. With a changing climate and a tendency to extremes of weather, these ancient varieties are gaining favour.Carignan is the workhorse of Languedoc especially in the drier west. At its best, it produces a wine that is deeply coloured, quite tannic, sappy with brambly fruit. Many producers have woken up to the qualities of carignan if it is treated with respect and low yields are achieved.Grenache produces round tasting wines, often with low tannin and high alcohol and is rarely to be found on its own except in the fortified reds of Roussillon.Cinsault belongs in the heat of North Africa. In the South of France, it is widely grown and can add fragrance and lightness of touch to big brawny reds, but more often it is made into rosé.Like carignan, the native whites are more obviously associated with high production but with careful handling can produce wines of real interest. There is maccabeu and grenache blanc, grown mostly in Corbières and Roussillon. Clairette, grown mostly in the east, closer to the Rhône. Terret is grown extensively around Marsseillan, home of French vermouth. Maybe the best of all is the piquepoul which east of Beziers produces good quaffing dry picpoul de Pinet. Muscat used to be grown exclusively for vin doux naturel such as Saint Jean de Minervois and Rivesaltes but also produces full-flavoured dry wines of some interest.The biggest change in the South of France was the introduction of other grape varieties to help boost quality. For the reds, syrah was the most obvious import and is now widely planted and is usually part of a blend with grenache and/or carignan. Syrah is at its best where there is a little humidity such as in the east around Pic Saint Loup. Mourvèdre is much more complicated to grow but has a real future in areas close to the sea such as in parts of Fitou and Corbières.For the whites, roussanne and marsanne have also journeyed south from the Rhône to add finesse and flavour to Mediterranean blends. Increasingly, the Corsican vermentino, also known as rolle, can be found in blends where it often has a positive influence.Bordeaux has for long been an important connection for the Languedoc with the Canal du Midi there to prove the link. Not surprisingly, Languedoc producers were quick to introduce Bordeaux varieties in their vineyards. Merlot is the most widely planted and in some years has been very profitably exported in bulk to California or back to Bordeaux. The later ripening cabernets are probably better suited to the climate of the south and have great potential.Another revolution across the South of France has been in the quality of the whites. Before new standards of cellar hygiene and refrigeration were introduced, the concept of a fresh, dry and fruity Languedoc-Roussillon white wine was nigh impossible. Growers like Pierre Bésinet at Domaine du Bosc and Louis-Marie Teisserenc at Domaine de l'Arjolle were quick to spot the potential and successfully plant chardonnay, sauvignon and even the mysterious viognier.Regional StylesLanguedoc-Roussillon is such a large region that it is impossible to generalise about the entirety. It helps to divide it into three main sections: Eastern Languedoc, Western Languedoc, and Southern Lanuedoc. The east includes excellent appellations like Faugères, Côteaux du Languedoc, Pic saint Loup and Montpeyroux. The style of wine produced here is often Rhône-like: generous, thickly textured and often high in alcohol. Syrah is the outstanding grape variety and it blends well with grenache and sometimes mourvèdre. Nothing remains static in Languedoc and the old Côteaux du Languedoc is about to be replaced by a new appellation called simply Languedoc. Western Languedoc is more dramatic, mountainous, and much drier than the east, but it's also colder and the austerity of its climate and topography can be tasted in its wines. The carignan grape is often an essential element in many of the reds. Look out for saint-Chinian, Minervois and Saint Jean de Minervois (the latter for muscat based sweet vin doux naturel), Cabardès, Limoux (especially sparkling Crémant de Limoux).The south incorporates Corbières, Fitou and Roussillon. These are dry, hot regions surrounded by mountains which provide a majestic backdrop. Fitou is the oldest Appellation and confusingly comes in two parts. The best wines though come from in between in what is actually southern Corbières. Corbières is the largest single appellation in Languedoc, with myriad different styles from different soils and microclimates. This veritable chaos of crags, gorges, strewn with castles, wild herbs and abandoned abbeys encapsulates the heart of the Midi. The wines all have a little of that wildness and wonder.In Roussillon black schists on the north bank of the Agly make the best reds. These are typically fine and spicy with grenache and syrah. Traditionally the best-exposed sights near the village of Maury have produced sweet fortified wine. High mountains provide the opportunity to plant vines at higher altitudes and make fresher wines. Finally, this vast region ends in a narrow strip of land between mountain and the sea and with Spain on two sides. Twisting lanes and vertiginous vine terraces link the little ports of Collioure, Banyuls and Cerbère. The fortified wines are sold as Banyuls and are mostly Grenache-based with a little carignan. The Collioure appellation is for expressive, full-bodied and refined table wine which can be made from several grape varieties: carignan, syrah, grenache, mourvèdre and counoise for the reds and grenache, roussanne and vermentino for the whites.
"Nice easy going quaffer. Good balance between the Sauvignon and Viognier and excellent value"
I would recommend this wine
"almost ridiculously fruity, far too easy to drink."
"Really enjoyed this wine and feel it is excellent value for money. "
I would recommend this wine
"A very easy going tasty wine. Very satisfying and enjoyed in equal measure by my girlfriend Cheryl and I, unwinding in the evening."
"Refreshingly different, an ingenious blend that really captures drinking on sunny holidays in France. A taste that consoles!"
"Very good value for money, dryness offset by floral and honey tones, nothing obtrusive, very pleasant to drink as one of your tasteful everyday wines"
"Good French 'house' white. "
"Good value. The Viognier softens the brashness of the Sauvignon (which is never to my taste, YMMV). Would buy again "
"almost ridiculously fruity, far too easy to drink."
"Nice easy going quaffer. Good balance between the Sauvignon and Viognier and excellent value"
"The 2020 vintage has far more Sauvignon character than Viognier and, although still very enjoyable, it is not as food friendly as the 2019."
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"Nicely dry, good with fish and easy to drink "
Mr Daniel Barber (07-Feb-2021)
"I have just tried this wine for the first time. Very original with a pleasant after taste. I will certainly be ordering more."
Mr Stuart Birnie (30-Jan-2021)
"Have just tried this wine for the first time. It is excellent value and I will certainly be ordering again."
Mr Alan Roff (30-Jan-2021)
"I left a 5* review because of the value of this wine. I cant believe it at this price. Perfect with fish or an aperitif. My wife loves it. We both like Viognier and not so keen on SAV B but the combination is a winner. "
Mr Robert Hubbard (27-Jan-2021)
"Good value 'house white'."
Mr Simon Bourke (01-Jan-2021)
"What a drinkable refreshing wine. It’s definitely more weighted toward the Sauvignon Blanc as it’s big on fruit and quite fresh without the viscous aromatic Viognier style. Great as a pre dinner drink and perfect when the hotter months arrive. Not complicated just very drinkable"
Mr Stuart Lawless (22-Dec-2020)
"We have been drinking this as an every evening bottle of wine for years. It is very consistent & goes with most food. VG value for money."
Mr Nicholas Hood (21-Nov-2020)
"Pleasant easy drinking"
Mr James Bowkett (08-Nov-2020)
"Another white I tried because it intrigued me. I wasn't expecting fireworks but it is a pretty good wine for the price.
In the mouth it is exactly as billed; fragrant, fruity, dry and refreshing.
One to relax with alone or drink with friends as an aperitif. It is a fun wine, uncomplicated but enjoyable."
Ms Carole Flint (01-Oct-2020)
"This is my go-to everyday white - I've been buying it regularly ever since it appeared in a Wine Without Fuss selection. Fun, tasty and good value"
Brig R H T Aitken (22-Sep-2020)
"Great Value I agree with Mr Eastman but I would say a nice balance of Savuigion Blanc/Viognier - Must be chilled!!! Great with a salmon pasta recipe I do... And People ask what is it at recent distance drinking garden parties... I rate it "
Mr Richard Pitts (16-Aug-2020)
"Have bought this wine countless times, it is perfect for easy drinking & is our go to bottle for nightly consumption. V.good value for money."
Mr Nicholas Hood (13-Aug-2020)
"An old favourite of mine and many members I know. Different vintages do vary a lot but its always good value at under £8pb. The 2019 is markedly Savuigion Blanc, it has a sharp gooseberry hit with just a hint of Viognier ( far less than earlier years) to keep that dry bitter end away. Must be chilled. A fun, good value patio/party wine, mass produced, does what it says on the label, but don't expect too much.n"
Mr Terence Eastham (26-Apr-2020)
Sunday Express (26th Aug 2020)
priced white from The Wine Society (£6.95!) is Duo des Mers 2019. Grapes are
sourced from two different regions of France, meaning this wine is categorised
simply as ‘Vin de France’. Sauvignon comes from Gascony and viognier from the
Languedoc and the blend works very well. ‘A glass of pleasure’ as it says on
the label. Suggested accompaniments are fish dishes, but in fact it went
equally well with a Marmite and cheddar cheese toasty! - Richard Esling"
"Definitely a wine to have with spicy, tangy flavoursome food! The comments in regard to the wine needing to be chilled are spot on, it wasn't pleasant at 9C but at 4C it was refreshing and drinkable!"
Mr Alan Bennett (05-Feb-2020)
"Not up to the quality of the 2018 blend but still a good value white wine. For anyone who can recall them, this smells and tastes of the old fashioned pineapple chunk sweets! The online description of "fragrant, fruity and dry" is spot on."
Mr Peter Laggan (28-Jan-2020)
"Very easy-drinking, flavourful wine. Stood up to pad Thai and was also good without food. I recommend this wine as one to try with Chinese or Thai food and would buy it again. Probably also a good fridge door staple in the summer."
Mr Bob White (25-Jan-2020)
"As someone else stated this wine must be really welled chilled before drinking but when it is, I think, it is excellent value for the money. It's very dry and refreshing. I've had 3 cases so far so I think I'm qualified to comment on it."
Mr Michael Payne (26-Dec-2019)
"Lovely with prawns and mackerel pate"
Miss Chris James (07-Dec-2019)
"Excellent value, might buy a few more bottles."
Mr John Stephenson (17-Jul-2019)
"Must be well chilled but is a very pleasant Grape combination and goes well as either an Aperitif or with Fish."
Mr Tom Seabrook (11-Jul-2019)
The Daily Telegraph (9th Mar 2019)
"50 best wines under
£10: A sauvignon-viognier blend that would be a good buy for barbecues or
parties because it has “crowd-pleaser” written all over it. Think sweet lemon
sorbet with a waft of honeysuckle cordial. If it were a word I ever used, I’d
say, “smashable”. - Victoria Moore"
"Agree with other positive reviews. Lovely balance of flavours and excellent value."
Mr George Fleri (16-May-2019)
"Best every day white we have found in years, great value"
Mr Griff Steer (03-Feb-2019)
"The best value easy-drinking wine I have found for years. Unbeatable at the price. Fantastic blend of mouth-watering flavours, dry but not tart. Just lovely. Please keep this a regular on the list!"
Dr Stephen J Mather (04-Jan-2019)
"We served this at a Xmas family celebration. It is a perfect party wine, but so much better than that suggests. And at £6.50, is an absolute bargain. "
Mr Peter Minns (28-Dec-2018)
"A great wine at this price point with smoked salmon goats cheese and prawns"
Mr Colin R Knowles (25-Dec-2018)
"Excellent wine for the price. Good fruit and yet dry, classy white."
Mr Mark Arevalo (14-Dec-2018)
"Terrific bottle to keep at hand for entertaining and mid-week restorative."
Mr Nicholas Brown (07-Dec-2018)
"Delightful wine, loved by all the family.
So glad I found it on the Bin End shelf, this will become a regular for us now."
Mr Graham B Taylor (15-Oct-2018)
"Tried all the recent vintages and all are really good and fantasic value at under £7pb. 2017 is same high standard as previous years. Easy drinking but far better than everyday party wine. Always on my re-order list. Highly recommended. "
Mr Terence Eastham (05-Sep-2018)
"This is a beautifully blended wine, with bags of tropical fruit flavour and a smooth finish. At a family gathering everyone enjoyed this wine - which is a first, so well done the Wine Society for seeking this out. PS: As the bottle shows two fish I could not resist serving it with grilled sea bream and it was an excellent partnering."
Mr Peter Laggan (11-Aug-2018)
"This in the best white wine for under £7 I have tasted in many years, Lovely wine for a warm summer day"
Mr Ian Swycher (30-Jun-2018)
"My lowest point was to see that this was out of stock as it has been a regular order for a couple of years. A great everyday white whose lowish alcohol affords generous slugs and great enjoyment. Fingers crossed for new stock."
Prof John McMillan (02-Mar-2018)
The Guardian (26th Jan 2019)
"I was chatting to a
friend the other day and discovered that he only ever buys one wine ([this
one], in case you’re curious), works his way through it, then reorders. This
seemed weird to me, given how many delicious wines there are out there, but
then I realised that it is exactly what I do with other things: breakfast
cereal, yoghurt, a particular loaf… If I like something, I keep on buying it. - Fiona Beckett"
The Daily Telegraph (29th Sep 2018)
to mind to describe this easy-going white. Sauvignon blanc brings freshness and
bounce; viognier adds a little cushion and florality. On a weekend away with a
lot of friends, we got through a lot of this. - Victoria Moore"
"An attractive blend with a palate of pear, pineapple and citric lift."
Mr Alan Kingsbury (26-Feb-2018)
"A delightfully fresh dry white that would do well as an everyday wine with pretty much anything. Light fragrant sea breeze scent blends into a taste of apples and walnuts, with a lime finish. Eminently quaffable, great value, and a likely crowd pleaser."
Mr Patrick Vickers (11-Feb-2018)
"Apricot and pineapple on the nose with sharp gooseberry and tropical acidity on tasting.
Very decent for the price!"
Mr Alex Downham (02-Feb-2018)
"Just enough acidity to make this work. Lovely Sav nose, more weighty in the mouth but think it needs more fruit there. Would order again at this price."
Mr Julian Fox (19-Jan-2018)
"Colour: Bright and clear, very pale straw with green nuances.
Aroma: Pronounced aromas of gooseberry, ginger, passionfruit, lemon, green herbs, green pea and asparagus.
Taste: Medium-bodied, nice smooth fleshy texture and medium acidity. Flavours of peach, grapefruit, tangerine, mango and gooseberry with a ripe almost semi-sweet decent length finish.
Overall: My only complaint is that the Viognier takes away some of the crisp zestiness of the Sauvignon Blanc but that's a personal thing. Aromatic, full of flavour, it's more New World Sauv than Old World and all in all very enjoyable. Great QPR, food friendly, a guaranteed crowd pleaser."
Mr Gabriel Higgins (15-Dec-2017)
Mr Alex Downham (05-Dec-2017)
"A promising combination of grapes, but the balance didn't really seem quite right, and I shan't be ordering it again. Of course, at the price one can hardly complain – it's perfectly agreeable."
Mr Mark O'Sullivan (29-Oct-2017)
"Unusual blend of Sav Blanc and Viognier. The Viognier rounds out the wine but its a tricky balance between it and the Sav Blanc. There's a good nose on this wine and its noticeably aromatic. Its very much down to the drinker though - my wife and I disagreed on whether the Viognier neutralised the zing of the Sav Blanc.
For me the bouquet promised more than the wine delivered but you cannot complain at this price. Definitely a grape combination to watch and try again - the depth that the Viognier created was really rather good."
Mr Matt Wilks (23-Oct-2017)
"2015 vintage was stunning and this year shows that this wine never fails to disappoint
Nectarine on the nose with apple and pear on the tongue and with a smooth lemon and lime touch on the palate - utterly sublime. Fruity, delicious and a good deep finish makes it an excellent partner for flavoursome fish dishes
A steal for the price. Well done WS!!"
Mr Hugo Allen-Stevens (12-Oct-2017)
Sunday Telegraph (3rd Dec 2017)
"Here's an unusual pairing of grapes to create a
scented white laced with gooseberry and citrus. Versatile with or without food.
- Susy Atkins"
Decanter (1st Dec 2017)
"Reliable, uncomplicated drinking at an unbelievably
affordable price. This quaffable peach- and pineapple-scented white is a great
go-to bottle. The Gascony sauvignon is crisp and zesty, while Languedoc viognier
adds volume, rounding the palate nicely. - Christelle Guibert"
Sunday Express (22nd Oct 2017)
"Fruity and aromatic with grape, apricot and citrus
fruit, this is pure and crisp with lively acidity. - Jamie Goode"
Scotland on Sunday (24th Sep 2017)
bedfellows here - courtesy, perhaps, of the more liberal VIn de France
designation. The result, however, is rather good. Fresh lime and grapefruit acidity
(presumably sauvignon's contribution) vie for attention with floral, ripe
nectarine centred texture with hints of pineapple that, one guesses, emanate
from the viognier. - Brian Elliott"
Yorkshire Post (26th Aug 2017)
"Crisp zippy flavours
with a hint of peachy background. - Christine Austin"
Manchester Evening News (19th Aug 2017)
"It's become a mantra
of mine that if you like Kiwi sauvignon blanc, then you head to French regions
such as the Loire to make a comparison. I know friends who are so fixated on a
tart splash of Marlborough's finest that they rarely buy anything else. That's
a shame, but if you're not going to venture too far beyond the variety itself
then try a sauvignon blanc from Gascony where it can be as vivid as New
Zealand. Head winemaker for LGI Xavier Roger picks the sauvignon blanc early to
retain freshness and adds 20% viognier which adds silkiness to the blend
producing an easy-going wine that's perfect for casual sipping. - Andy Cronshaw"
"Good everyday dry white. Wouldn't go out of my way to buy it again, but perfectly good. Excellent value for money."
Dr Pippa Lane (22-Jan-2017)
"As someone who isn't that great a fan of Sauvignon nor Viognier, this wine was the dark horse of a recent order, and taken on the advice of a friend. Very glad that I took that advice as the two combine to make a moreish, easy drinking wine that tiptoes along the right levels of fruitiness for my palate."
Mr Addam Merali-Hosiene (30-Dec-2016)
"Easy drinking everyday white, there is a light Sauvignon blanc flavour (not as full on as a NZ) but quite refreshing, the wine then evolves into a slightly peachy flavour from the Viognier. At under £6 I can't really complain, a well balanced and rounded wine which I am sure will be added on a reorder list."
Mr David Mitchell (04-Oct-2016)
"Disappointing. I had to concentrate hard to detect the component flavours, and they were not exciting or satisfying."
Mr John Riddell (13-Aug-2016)
"For those who, dare I say it, get a little tired of the fruity blast of powerful southern hemisphere Sauvignon Blancs, here is a respite - the Viognier 'trims' the edges of the somewhat sharper SB flavour and produces an impressively balanced, delicious (and inexpensive) wine that is an ideal partner for those few warm summer evenings when we can sit outside and really enjoy this - well chilled. By any standards this is good, at the price it is a steal!"
Mr Christopher Groom (11-Aug-2016)
"A great all round wine at a great price. This is on my frequent re-order list. There are better white wines. I'm just not sure if there are better white wines at this price."
Mr Tom Watts (04-Aug-2016)
"Just to reassure members the 2015 is just as good as previous vintages. All has been said on the many previous reviews, just to add this is a great summer wine at a give away price. Always on my reorder list."
Mr Terence Eastham (02-May-2016)
Western Mail (19th Nov 2016)
"Very fulsome on the
nose, with a tart gooseberry character from the sauvignon and fleshy exotic
fruits from the viognier fairly leaping from the glass. In the mouth the
initial pear softness gets a citrus kick in the pants that firms up towards the
finish. A friendly, excellent-value crowd-pleaser that is great with fish but
is equally happy with white meats, dealing effortlessly with the apple sauce
element of lunch. - Neil Cammies"
Daily Mail (10th Nov 2016)
A ridiculously good value white that throws
together sauvignon blanc from Gascony with viognier from the Languedoc.
Crisp, light and lemony. - Helen McGinn
The Mail on Sunday (25th Sep 2016)
a zippy scented steal for a delicious duet between Sauvignon Blanc and
- Olly Smith
Decanter (1st Aug 2016)
"Must-try white: Made
by LGI, a company set up by Alain Grignon in 1999 to source wines made by
co-ops between Roussillon and Gascogne. Its goal is to deliver inexpensive
wines for export and this must be the best-value wine in the UK. The suavignon
blanc is sourced from Gascony, the viognier from Languedoc. Refreshing
gooseberry, citrus and apricot fruit with great texture. The perfect summer
party wine. 90/100 Christelle Guibert"
JancisRobinson.com (22nd Jun 2016)
citrus nose with a bit of peachy flavour on the palate. Pretty humdrum.
- Jancis Robinson
Shropshire Star (11th May 2016)
sunshine-inducing blend of sauvignon blanc from Atlantic-influenced Gascony
and viognier from Mediterranean-influenced Languedoc. Yellow in colour, this
crisp white has ripe pineapple on the nose with a palate that is as fresh as
can be with a smooth finish. Delicious with salads, grilled chicken and
Liverpool Echo (10th May 2016)
in a glass … There's pert citrus freshness from the zingy sauv blanc and the
viognier adds creaminess and apricot aromas. Grill chicken on the barbie, or
roast one with garlic and lemons and eat on the patio with a glass of this
vino. - Jane Clare
Belfast Sunday Life (8th May 2016)
at £5.95 … Southern French specialist wine makers LGI have blended sauvignon
blanc from Atlantic-influenced Gascony and viognier from the Mediterranean
influenced Languedoc - hence Duo des Mers. It is a 70-30 mix of sauvignon to
viognier and a lovely sminnery yellow colour. Taste wise, it's a crisp white
with lots of fruity aromas like ripe pineapple and pear from the viognier and
zingy grapefruit and gooseberry from the sauvignon blanc with a lovely smooth
finish. This is a superb wine chilled just as it is as an aperitif or with
seafood, grilled fish, chicken and summer salads.
- Paula Gracey
Belfast Newsletter (7th May 2016)
exuberantly juicy and ferociously crisp … I'm very much enjoying the bold
citrus flavours, the explosive floral and mineral aromatics and, best of all,
the richness of the apricot flavours on the expertly balanced palate of this
sophisticated French white. It's going tremendously well with my focaccia and
its acocmpanying mozzarella, basil, olive and cheery tomato salad.
- Raymond Gleugh
South Cambrian News (5th May 2016)
believe [this] was priced at just £5.95 with the Wine Society. This wine
oozes gooseberry, grapefruit and great crispness. - Bev Thomas
Bolton News (30th Apr 2016)
French blend of sauvignon blanc and viognier mixes gooseberry, grapefruit and
pineapple flavours perfectly.
- Nick Nunn
The Press Association (28th Apr 2016)
breezy blend of sauvignon blanc and viognier that's lifted and mouthwatering,
try this seaside white with a sweet chilli crayfish sandwich. The zesty
grapefruit and gooseberry of the sauvignon leads the way and sits well with
the flowery richness, spice and apricot fruit of the viognier and tastes
delicious with spicy seafood.
- Sam Wylie Harris
"Purchased 2 bottles of this and we both loved it, clean and crisp. I wouldn't say it was as dry as the rating personally. Sadly , come back to re- order and its OOS, so will give the 2015 a try."
Mr Jonathan Day (15-Mar-2016)
"Unusual mix of Sauvignon and Viognier which works really well delivering the freshness of the Sauvignon with the richness of the Viognier. Real bargain under £6 and shows what the Vin de France can achieve. Excellent match for seafood or lightly spiced Asian food. Another winner from the 'Good wines under £6' offer!"
Dr Richard N Gale (07-Feb-2016)
"This wine exceeded all expectations. Absolutely beautiful and a bargain for under 6 pounds. Will definitely be ordering some more."
Mr Kane Goddard (04-Feb-2016)
"Really enjoyed this, nice easy drinking, flavourful wine, nice fresh flavours from the Sauvignon but rounded by the Viognier - worth a try."
Mr David Mitchell (24-Dec-2015)
"That great rarity - a good value French wine. No-one would guess that it was French, but it is none the worse for that. A really good combination of the Sauvignon and Viognier, with neither overwhelming the other. Recommended as an aperitif, a party wine or with light meals. Excellent value and one of the best inexpensive Society whites I have tried so far. And I've tried a few!"
Mr Peter Holpin (11-Nov-2015)
"A remarkable wine for the money. Crisp, smooth and clean. I purchased this for a summer party and a number of people commented on it, Delicious!"
Mr Neil Davison (19-Oct-2015)
"Really enjoyable wine. Smells delicious and delivers."
Miss Sian Brady (31-Jul-2015)
"I was intrigued to try this Sauvignon from Gascony and Viognier from the Languedoc, both grapes I like, especially French.
Wow what a lovely wine, clear, pale pear yellow with a nose of grapefruit and pineapple that's very inviting. It's palette full of crispness, green apples, kiwi and pineapple - so smooth with a clean finish.
This is a definite wine on our favourites list !"
Mrs Clare Hearnden (14-Mar-2015)
"Utterly delicious. A superb aperitif wine but would drink well with smoked salmon, prawns or milder cheeses. Splendid value ....another good Wine Society find.
Mr David A Murdoch (14-Feb-2015)
The Mail on Sunday (14th Jul 2015)
"One of the best
[under-£10 French wines] I’ve recently tasted... a snip at £5.95 from The
Wine Society. Fragrant, refreshing and zingy, this cunning wine is a blend of
grapes from Gascony and Languedoc, uniting the Atlantic with the Mediterranean,
hence the ‘two seas’ in its name. - Olly Smith"
Western Mail (23rd May 2015)
"…made from sauvignon
blanc from south-west France and viognier from the south, with this crazy
cross-blend resulting in a corking little palate-refresher. The full aromatic
nose of brisk grapefruit and the backnote of gooseberries and peaches is just
what you need to cut through the light spicing in a seafood curry dish and
great value too. - Neil Cammies"
winegang.com (1st May 2015)
"Not to be confused
with the Entre Deux Mers region of Bordeaux, this is grassy sauvignon from
Gascony given some peachy fruit and flesh by the viognier component from
Languedoc. A neat idea that Alain Grignon, the man behind the label, has turned
into a refreshing, easy-drinking summery white. "
Suffolk Free Press (25th Apr 2015)
Gascony meets Viognier from the Languedoc and what a great blend this is. An
open, scented lime and peachy bouquet, the palate has texture and a refreshing
quality too. Try with prawns. - Mark Anstead"
JancisRobinson.com (31st Mar 2015)
"…a decent price and
a clever grape combo… - Jancis Robinson"
Yorkshire Post (21st Mar 2015)
"With Sauvignon from Gascony and Viognier from the
Languedoc, this makes an unusual blend, but it actually works. Crisp and fresh
with clean citrus flavours and a lift of apricot fruit on the finish. - Christine Austin"
"At this price it is unbeatable value, very quaffable but also a great match with seafood."
Mr John Irvine (28-Jan-2015)
"A delicious wine fresh with plenty of fruit and depth of flavour. The Viognier grape bakes it slightly off dry with a hint of white peaches. Great little number.
Mr Peter J H Devlin (15-Nov-2014)
"This is an absolute cracker! Even those who are red wine drinkers said they thought this first class and were prepared to look at white wine again. I could not agree more. Delicious."
Mr Allan Mitchell (19-Oct-2014)
"A very appealing wine, in every sense of the word - taste, price and modest alcohol content! And it's equally at home as an aperitif as it is accompanying food. Wonderful."
Mr Philip Todd (22-Aug-2014)
"This is delicious - maybe even dangerously delicious as it was hard not to keep having just a little bit more. It is a lovely everyday wine that holds it's own with a wide range of food or simply on its own."
Reverend Nicholas McKee (10-Jun-2014)
"Outstanding value for the price, a real find, excellent summer stock for patio afternoons. A very skilled mix of the two grapes giving a deep body (no oak), plenty of soft fruit and the flavours linger on and on. Suggest not served too chilled. At this price a re-order is a must!"
Mr Terence Eastham (20-May-2014)
"This wine is a hidden gem. I have just tested it against a rabbit thai red curry, which was seriously hot. It stood its ground amazingly against a strong ginger, chilli, garlic and coriander base. I will certainly order more of this to try against spicy and fragrant dishes. Well done, Wine Society for discovering this one!"
Mrs Julia Magnay (30-Apr-2014)
"Very attractive wine at a very good price."
Professor John L Moles (13-Apr-2014)
York Press (20th Dec 2014)
"Ideal for washing
down seafood or smoked salmon. Suitably dry and clean tasting, it has a zinging
acidity, with some notes of tropical fruit on the nose, and bright flavours of
grapefruit, lemon and goosegog. - Mike Tipping"
Decanter (26th Nov 2014)
punch with the richness of viognier, it's both crisp and full, with a lovely
texture and cleansing acidity. - Festive Buys"
Daily Mirror (19th Nov 2014)
"The Vin de France classification was created in 2009
and gives the freedom to make wines by blending grapes and wines from across
France, as perfectly illustrated here. This is a blend of sauvignon blanc from
Gascony and viognier from Languedoc and the outcome is very nice indeed. The
nose is explosive, melding sauvignon punch with the stone-fruit richness of
viognier. Crisp and full-bodied with a lovely texture. - Christelle Guibert"
The Mail on Sunday (21st Sep 2014)
"If this was a
workout, it'd be Zumba. Blended from Sauvignon Blanc and Viognier, it's a peach
vs grapefruit dance-off. - Olly Smith"
Sunday Express (15th Jun 2014)
"This pairs gooseberry
and citrus notes from the sauvignon blend with the pear and peach notes of
viognier. The result is a fresh yet rich dry white that’s well worth seeking
out. - Jamie Goode"
The Times (24th May 2014)
"Terrific fishy label
and terrific value fishy white within, bristling with lively lemony sauvignon
pizzazz and topped up with a dash of musky, white peach and aniseed-licked
viognier fruit.- Jane MacQuitty "
Drinking Outside The Box (20th May 2014)
"It’s the Sauvignon
that talks louder in the duo, with floral lemon fruit with a grassy edge to the
fore, and the Viognier adding muscle rather than peachy flavour. - Simon Woods"
Huffington Post (30th Apr 2014)
A crisp but full-flavoured and exuberant wine.
The aromas are explosive, melding Sauvignon punchiness with Viognier's
apricot richness, whilst the palate also marries the latter's textural weight
and former's cleansing line of acidity really successfully. - Tom Cannavan
Shropshire Star (23rd Apr 2014)
blend … fresh aromatic character with full exotic fruit flavours."
The Wine Gang (16th Apr 2014)
"You want aromatic?
You've got hyper-aromatic here in this distinctly unusual blend of Sauvignon
Blanc and Viognier, bottled under the increasingly interesting 'Vin de France'
catch-all appellation. Bursting with gooseberry, lychee and explosively juicy
peach, the well-tempered palate has bags of fruit, a great thrust of lime and
grapefruit to freshen and a handily moderate 12% alcohol. A terrific all-round
package. - Mid April Newsletter"
Scotland on Sunday (13th Apr 2014)
"Combines hints of
viognier's fresh pineapple with the sauvignon's gooseberry background, which
together cry out to be drunk with fish. - Brian Elliott"
Associated Press (11th Apr 2014)
"Light and breezy, the
crispness of the sauvignon blanc is mellowed by the fruitiness and heady
aromatics of viognier producing a harmonious everyday white that will not
disappoint. - Sam Wylie Harris"
Manchester Evening News (9th Apr 2014)
"Decent mid-week wines
to match [lighter dishes like grilled fish and chicken salads] at low prices
are hard to find. Duo des Mers is light yet aromatic, with aromas of ripe pineapple
and bright lemony fruit. - Andy Cronshaw"
manchesterconfidential.com (9th Apr 2014)
"A genuine full-bodied
sunny-day white. It possesses gorgeous sweet pineapple aromas and yet it is
crisp and fresh on the palate.- Neil Sowerby"
Belfast Telegraph (30th Mar 2014)
yellow colour with zingy grapefruit and gooseberry from the sauvignon and
peaches and pears from the viognier resulting in a fresh and flavourful wine
with a pleasing smooth finish, perfect as an aperitif and pairs well with
grilled fish, chicken and creamy pasta dishes. - Pauline Gracey"
Lancashire Telegraph (29th Mar 2014)
"Two grapes from
different parts of the southern half of France are blended to make this crisp
white that’s also full of juicy pineapple flavours.The sauvignon blanc comes
from Gascony near the Atlantic coast north of Bordeaux while the 30% is
viognier harvested in Languedoc close to the Med. The result is a dream. - Nick Nunn"
York Press (22nd Mar 2014)
"Would be ideal for
washing down seafood or grilled fish. Suitably dry and clean tasting, it has a
zinging acidity, with some notes of tropical fruit on the nose, and bright
flavours of grapefruit, lemon and goosegog. - Mike Tipping"
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