Type: White Wine
Country: France
Region: Languedoc-Roussillon
Code: COQU001
A wonderfully exotic and lighter style of dry white, using grapes grown within sight of the azure Mediterranean. Could this be our best value Southern French dry white??? It could be, and it is now a firm favourite among staff and customers. A delicious, zingy/zesty dry white with a style that just makes you smile. If you’re a Sauvignon Blanc fan, you really need to try this wine. So easy drinking and utterly delicious! Refreshingly dry and crisp it makes for delightful drinking especially on a warm summer’s day.
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Xavier Roger

Xavier Roger’s roots were firmly in the vineyards of Sancerre in the Loire Valley. Son of Jean-Max Roger whose 34ha domaine in the village of Bué, just south-west of town of Sancerre, is renowned for its production of high quality, Sancerre, Menetou-Salon and Pouilly Fumé. However three is a crowd, and with his brothers Thibault and Etienne working at the family domaine, Xavier set out on his own and made his own way.

 

After attending winemaking school in Burgundy followed by three years of viticulture training at the agronomy school in Montpelier, Xavier spent the 1990’s gaining international winemaking experience in the US, New Zealand and Germany before returning to France to work in Bordeaux.

 

After three years running  a 60ha estate in Nimes, Xavier joined Alain Grignon who had set up LGI in 1999, along with Thierry Leduc and Englishman Mark Lynton, to run the entire winemaking operation as well as developing relationships with some of the finest growers in the region. It is these close relationships which puts Xavier ahead of all others in securing the best parcels of grapes in the region.

 

In 2013 Alain Grignon retired and Xavier took over the general management of the company, whilst maintaining full control of the winemaking process and grower relationships.

 

Mastering the nuances of Sothern French varietals and combining traditional as well as innovative winemaking techniques, Xavier Roger wines are a superb example of the quality that is now being produced in the South of France.

 

Pale lemon in appearance with citrus, apricot and gentle floral aromas. . Ripe peach, and tropical notes on the palate. A fruity easy drinking style with good, balanced acidity. Crisp and refreshing.
Ideal on its own, or with summer salads. A fabulous accompaniment to all seafood, creamy chicken dishes or asparagus risotto.
Picked in the cool of the dawn and early evening, the Vermentino grapes are brought to the winery, sorted, and then pressed before the clear juice is settled in steel tank and chilled to clear any solids. The juice is then fermented at a cool 13 degrees for 3 weeks, with the aim to preseve the natural vibrancy, freshness and peach characters of the grape. After fermentation is finished the wine is racked through a series of tanks over several weeks to clear any lees, before a light filtration and bottling in the early spring following the harvest.

Wine Merchant Top 100 2023, Highly Commended. Wine Merchant Top 100, Highly Commended, 2022: "This is like pushing a wheelbarrow of ripe Granny Smiths, which have been drizzled with lemon juice, over a freshly mown lawn." Victoria Moore, Telegraph March 2022, “It's still possible to find good wines for less than £10 – here are 50 of the best”: “Vermentino makes for a beautifully crisp and refreshing summer aperitif. This excellent one smells of pears, lemon blossom and meadow grass.”

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