To be honest, picking up this bottle from Joseph Barnes Wines was a complete afterthought – I’d already got quite a few bottles on the counter – but I got to talking to Charles about the budget end if the wines he stocked and he mentioned the Bergerie de la Bastide rouge and blanc. Seeing as though they are only £5.99 each I thought they were both worth trying and the blanc in particular turned out to be a bit of a gem. Hailing from the village of Servian in the Languedoc (yes, I know what you’re thinking. Another Languedoc wine! Well, tough, I like them!) it is a blend of Vermentino, Grenache Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc and Ugni Blanc. It’s an attractive pale straw colour with citrus, peach and floral aromas. A hint of green olive too. In the mouth it is crisp with good acidity and a really nice long, almost oily, finish. It would be a great match with chicken, seafood or just good company! Really impressive, especially considering the price!
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