This portion of our latest Up From the Cellar focuses on the South of France and includes wines from the Roussillon, Languedoc, and the Rhône Valley.

Looking at the releases from the Roussillon, I was able to taste the wines of the young yet talented Charles Perez, who releases wines under two labels, Mas Becha and Charles Perez. These are ripe, concentrated, sexy wines that have tons of character, and I’m always happy to taste them. In addition, I was able to taste a handful of new releases from oenologist Claude Gros, who is unquestionably the leading consultant in this region (and he has some serious clients in Bordeaux as well). These are led by releases from Clos des Truffiers and Château de la Négly, but there is a bevy of beautiful, soulful wines that offer incredible pleasure in here as well.

Moving into the Rhône Valley, the report includes new releases from Jean-Luc Jamet and Tardieu-Laurent, with some older gems from Chêne Bleu, Domaine Clape, and Domaine de la Charbonnière.

I hope you enjoy,


By Jeb Dunnuck
Founder & Wine Critic
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