White or red? Roquebrun, the latest Gourmet Gazette fine wine find, offers both. These are the fruity full-bodied wines from the mythical Languedoc region in the sun-drenched south of France. The white wine, vintage 2020 Col de Lairole blanc is an adept melange of the Grenache and Roussanne grape varieties aged and bottled on the Roquebrun estate. The 2019 version received the silver medal at the International Vinalies awards, the prestigious competition organized by the Union of French Oenologists, the leading wine experts. The Cave de Roquebrun has received over 180 awards over the decades. The 2020 version, also excellent at cocktail hour, has turned out to be a perfect match for fresh fish and crustaceans.
You can then enjoy the Col de Lairole rouge 2019 which pairs perfectly with red meat, game and the cheese course. This wine is a sure best bet having received the gold medal at the Vinalies National championship. Both the red and the white benefit from the French appellation d’origine controlée, the controlled designation of origin certification granted to certain French geographical indications, here the geographic location is Languedoc. The Cave de Roquebrun was created in 1967 and is located in the Regional Natural Park of Haut-Languedoc and brings together some 650 hectares of vineyard, local wine makers and the vineyard is facing directly south, the best place to be for a vineyard. It is also located in a micro-climate where citrus fruits are grown.
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