Type: Red Wine
Country: France
Region: Languedoc-Roussillon
Code: ARGE010
Made to our exacting specifications, Les Argelieres is a unique range of modern, fruity varietal wines from the Languedoc, made with the aim of showing the elegance, subtlety and perfect varietal 'signature' of each grape variety as planted in the warm vineyards of Southern France. Grown on selected cooler hill sites and with a yield limited by pruning and grape selection, this Cabernet Franc is a worthy award-winning red, offering ripe black fruits, a typical hint of capsicum, herbs and a lovely cherry and chocolate style so reminiscent of a Bordeaux red blended with a dollop of New World.
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Marilyn Lasserre

Marilyn is a genuine pioneer. Since her return to France in 2008, she has significantly contributed to the renewed success of Languedoc’s wines. Bringing her feminine touch to traditionally strong, rustic and full-bodied wines, Marilyn succeeded in improving quality and taste with a rigorous selection in the vineyards and perfect control of the winemaking process. Marilyn studied Viticulture and Oenology in Bordeaux, and has spent time working in various regions throughout the world. Les Argelières is a tribute to the “Terroir” from which these wines are produced, a terroir mostly made of pebble and limestone perfectly exposed to the sun. It enhances the fruit aromas as well as the mineral style of the white wines, whilst giving the reds a vibrant fruit character. The Pays d’Oc has a history of over 2600 years of vine-growing and winemaking. Over the centuries, the wine trade became more and more structured and grew rapidly. The region greatly benefits from the Mediterranean climate, bringing warm mist, and the Black Mountain which offers limestone and clay “terroirs” with cool temperatures.

Dark purple/red in the glass, there are blackcurrant and green pepper aromas, typical of the Cabernet Franc grape variety. Smooth, fruity and medium bodied on the palate with a spicy finish.
Keep it simple - a homemade lasagna would be perfect.
The grapes are destemmed, crushed and sent to maceration for about ten weeks. This long process is ideal to extract the fruity character of the variety. Daily tastings in the cellar ensure a nice structure with supple tannins.

Wine Merchant Top 100 2023, Highly Commended. Victoria Moore, Telegraph, Wines of the Week, 25th March 2023: "An impressive cabernet franc that has broad flavours and ringers of fresh red berries. One for lamb-chop suppers." Jamie Goode, Sunday Express S Magazine, May 2022: "Sweetly aromatic with redcherries and plums, and a subtle green hint, this has a lovely texture with soft fruit and just a hint of chalkiness and some spice. Very drinkable." Brian Elliott, Midweek Wines & Daily Record, April 2023: Its structure-adding rule in Bordeaux blends can sometimes categorise cabernet franc as a robust grape. However, the light, soft fruit and herbal versions from the Loire Valley tell a different story – as does this Languedoc example. Medium bodied with gentle savoury touches, it brings us ripe blackcurrant, raspberry and cherry flavours accompanied by firm acidity and hints of coffee, vanilla and sweeter spices but only modest tannin."

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