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Les Vignerons Tautavel Vinegrau is a small wine cooperative in the Cotes du Roussillon producing quality wines from the villages of Tautavel and Vingrau.
The wines from this area are considered to be some of the best in the area and, in 1996, were recognised with the creation of a new sub appellation – Cotes du Roussillon Villages Tautavel. Only vineyards in these two villages are allowed in the appellation and must be planted on slopes of red chalky clay soils with yields not exceeding 45 hl/ha. The wine must be produced from at least two of the following grape varieties – Grenache Noir, Syrah, Mourvedre, Carignan Noir and Lladoner Pelut (“hairy” Grenache).
The vineyards of Tautavel and Vingrau comprise some 980 hectares divided amongst many small growers. The Tautavel vineyards are concentrated mainly in the Tautavel Valley which is bordered on each side by grey cliffs. Cotes du Roussillon Villages Tautavel is produced from vineyards on the higher slopes of the valley on limestone soils. The Village of Vingrau (Latin: Vin Grau – 20 steps) is also part of the appellation and the vineyards here are characterised by chalky clay soils and its own specific microclimate.
Not all of their wines are from this appellation, the cooperative also makes wines from the Vin de Pays des Cotes Catalanes and Cotes du Roussillon Villages.
The wines of Vignerons Tautavel Vinegrau available from Fareham Wine Cellar
Le Cirque White, Grenache Gris 2011, Vin de Pays des Cotes Catalanes
Tasting Notes: Le Cirque Grenache Gris is a delightful golden, pale green colour with a delicate nose of flower blossom. It is fresh and sophisticated floral aromas on the palate with a long, perfumed finish.
Food & Wine match: Le Cirque Blanc is delicious with seafood and shellfish or with chicken dishes such as coq au vin, grilled white fish and char grilled scallops.
Le Cirque Red, Carignan / Mourvedre / Syrah 2010, Vin de Pays des Cotes Catalanes
Tasting Notes: Le Cirque Rouge has a lovely dark purple colour and an expressive nose of jammy dark berry fruits such as blackberry with hints of licorice. Full bodied with soft tanins and a spicy finish.
Food & Wine match: Perfect with a big succulent juicy steak off the barbecue, pate on toast or sausages.
Roc Gris 2010, Cotes du Roussillon Villages, Les Vignerons de Tautavel Vingrau
Grapes for the Roc Gris are sourced from vineyards composed of limestone clay and schiste soils. After harvesting the grapes are destemmed and then undergo a long maceration and temperature controlled fermentation.
Tasting Notes: Tautavel Vingrau Roc Gris is an elegant wine with aromas of plums, spices and herby, garrigue.
Food & Wine match: Try with cold meats, grilled meats and cheese
Fareham Wine Cellar Tasting Note: Sweet raspberry nose, white pepper and warm, spicy red fruits. Rich palate, more spice. Good tannins, drying finish, think plums with Christmas spices.
Tautavel Reserve Vieilles Vignes 2009, Cotes du Roussillon Villages Tautavel
Tasting Notes: The Tautavel Réserve is a big, superb wine with great minerality. It is dominated by blackcurrant, liquorice and vanilla aromas and flavours and has good, firm tannins.
Food & Wine match: Try with BBQs, beef stews or coq au vin.
Visit Les Vignerons Tautavel Vingrau Website for more information