The Abbotts & Delaunay Collection of high-end AOC wines from the Languedoc has been extended to include two new ranges of 8 varietal wines, two of which have already been listed at Majestic and will appear in stores from February price £9.99 per single bottle and £7.99 mix six price.
The new wines will become part of the original Abbotts & Delaunay Collection which currently comprises 4 Reserve AOC wines and 4 wines in the premium Clouds & Winds range. The Collection was conceived by 5th generation Burgundian winemaker, Laurent Delaunay to become the benchmark in premium wines from the Languedoc. Five years and numerous awards later and they have done just that!
Passionate about his adopted home in the Languedoc, Laurent Delaunay has once again scoured this rich and diverse wine region to find the best grapes for his new varietal range which will be shown to the trade and press for the first time on the Badet Clement stand 11/20 at Prowein in March.
The theme of the importance of the natural world and respect for the environment in the Languedoc in order to make these exceptional wines continues in the new range. This time the focus is on the wild plants that grow on the land surrounding the vineyards. The eight new wines have therefore been divided into two sub-ranges; the Wild Fruits range and the Wild Flowers range.
The Wild Fruits range of international varietals consists of a Grenache rosé, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc and the Wild Flowers range of southern French varietals a Viognier and a Mourvèdre. Beautifully designed textured labels in taupe and cream depict the flora and fauna of the southern French vineyards in the Languedoc where the grapes are grown.
The two varietals that will be listed at Majestic from February are the Merlot from the Wild Fruits range and the Viognier from the Wild Flowers range both priced at rrp £9.99 per single bottle and £7.99 mix six price.
Abbotts & Delaunay Merlot 2015 ABV 13%: rrp £9.99 buy any mix 6 save £2
The grapes for this wine come from four different terroirs each adding something extra to the blend. The vineyards around Nîmes give complex notes, those in the eastern Aude valley bring elegance and the Béziers plain adds richness along with the western Aude.
Part of the cuvée undergoes carbonic maceration followed by 6 to 9 months ageing in oak barrels for part of the blend, while the rest is aged in stainless steel vats. A mix of blackcurrant, blackberry, cherry, peat, cinnamon and thyme aromas proceed a round, rich and long palate with ripe tannins. Being a fruit driven wine it’s great drunk by itself with friends and also with food such as chicken with ratatouille, stuffed tomatoes, or salt pork with lentils.
Abbotts & Delaunay Viognier 2015 ABV 12.5% : rrp £9.99 buy any mix 6 save £2
The grapes for this wine come from 10 year old vines grown on hillsides at an average altitude of 150-200m in the Hérault and the Aude Valley in the South of the Minervois. The vineyards have limestone and pebble soils and sufficient rain due the neighbouring mountains of the Cévennes and Pyrenees.
Grapes are harvested early, and after fermentation the wine is aged for several months in vats on the lees.
Typical varietal aromas of fruity white peach and apricot combine with orange blossom and give way to an off dry wine with fresh acidity displaying distinctive varietal character which is round and rich on the palate. A perfect stand-alone aperitif wine or delicious with asparagus and melted butter or roast chicken on a Sunday.
Laurent Delaunay, creator of Abbotts & Delaunay says, ‘This new varietal range reflects the enormous respect that we have for the natural environment surrounding all of our vineyards and those of our partner growers and the vital role that it plays in the creation of our wines.’ He continues, ‘This beautifully packaged range provides the prefect stepping stone into the rest of the premium wines in the Abbotts & Delaunay collection which have done so well since their launch back in 2012.’