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Tramontane Wines

Posted on: August 31, 2017

With an imminent visit from Andy Cook (that’s him on the right!) for various tasting events lined up in the Autumn, we thought we would shout about the fantastic wines from Tramontane/Consolation and Mas Cristine.

Even in the initial stages of setting up de Burgh Wine Merchants we were very keen to work with Andy Cook. Andy has proven himself to be a talented young wine maker, bringing out varietal character in his single varietal wines whilst his blends are super refined, polished and complex. A few are “Not for the Shy” but all are, we think delicious and a must try for any wine lover. We believe that his wines represent superb quality and fantastic value for money, especially when compared to the prices of good Rhone Valley wines.

Before turning wine maker extraordinaire in the sunny south west French region of Roussillon, Andy ran a wine shop in St Andrews. He now resides with his family in the beautiful seaside town of Collioure only a few miles away from his new purpose built winery ‘La Belle Vie’. Andy, with a little help from his partner Phillipe Gard (an agricultural engineer and winemaker), works hard producing wines from several domaines in the area. Their flagship range is Consolation which changes each year as they select the best parcels of grapes from their and their friend’s vineyards. Mas Cristine is a separate estate which Andy manages. Finally the Tramontane wines are parcels of wine sourced through the local Co-operative which Andy managed to save from being blended with the whole year’s harvest. The wines themselves are categorised by different appellations- Cotes Catalanes, Cotes du Roussillon & Rivesaltes.

Although Roussillon is synonymous with Languedoc, it has history, rich with Spanish influence and a strong regional identity. The regions’ inhabitants are Catalan rather than French or Occitan and they identify closely with the Spanish Catalans just across the border.

Roussillon’s topography is unlike the flat coastal plains of its’ neighbour to the east-Languedoc. Vineyards are interspersed between soaring mountain ranges and coastal areas in Roussillon. The climate is France’s hottest and driest with an average of 320 days’ sunshine a year, so this warm, dry climate is perfect for producing healthy ripe grapes. The Tramontane wind (their equivalent of the Mistrale in the Rhone Valley) cools things down, and also helps keep the vineyards bug-free. Soils vary from pure schist to granite, clay and loam. Plantings of individual varieties are often determined by the soil type.

Click below for the range of wines –
Tramontane-Consolation-Mas Cristine
For more info and prices, please contact orders@de-burgh.com or call 01875595100

Wines for Summer

Posted on: July 4, 2017

Copy of ROSE_5296RoseSelection2_WEBSummer is well and truly here. We are sure that most of you have enjoyed sharing a glass or two in the garden recently. With that in mind, it must be time to replenish your fridge?! We have compiled a mouth watering list of ‘perfect alfresco drinking’ wines for you to choose from, just in time for the next bout of sunshine! They are wines we love and hope you will too..

BROWSE WINES 2017 Summer Offer

Feel free to e-mail us for our full portfolio – contact@de-burgh.com

 

Richard W H Bray – Author Salt & Old Vines: True Tales of Winemaking in the Roussillon

Posted on: June 27, 2014
I stumbled, entirely by accident, into the wine trade well over a decade ago. Since then, I’ve done pretty much everything – sold, bought, imported and actually made the stuff. I even had a brief stint as a sommelier. Throughout all that, however, writing had always been a hobby for me, and in recent years became more of a passion. I wrote Salt & Old Vines in hopes of marrying these two passions, writing and wine. I’m hugely grateful to Tarquin for the opportunity to reach out to his clients to share my stories of winemaking in the Roussillon. We go way back, both in the trade and sharing mutual friends for 30-odd years or more, and I wish him the best of luck in his new (ad)venture.- Richard W H Bray - Author Salt & Old Vines: True Tales of Winemaking in the Roussillon

Available for purchase on-line (Amazon) or at all good book stores – it’s a super book, we hugely recommend that you buy a copy.

The International Wine Challenge 2014

Posted on: April 15, 2014

The International Wine Challenge 2014 have announced the 41 Champagnes and sparkling wines to win a coveted Gold medal at this year’s competition.

All fans of top fizz should take note, our very own Henriot won 4 gold medals!

Henriot Champagne10% of the over all winners came from this super house. Those looking to splurge on a big name should try and get their hands on the non-vintage Champagnes Blanc de Blancs (RRP £44), Brut Souverain (RRP £36) If you are feeling a little wicked or flush the 2005 Rosé Millésimé (RRP £59) and its 2005 Brut Souverain (RRP £55) are simply devine wines which so deserve the gold status.

When a house like Henriot achieve such excellence, we tend to get a little excited in the office. It confirms, there and then, why we wanted to work with such a superb Champagne House!

The calibre of champagnes and sparkling wines has been outstanding at this year’s competition. These Gold medal winners are absolutely stunning, and whether you are looking for a bargain in the supermarket aisles or a big name to wow your friends for a special occasion, there is a wine for you. It is wonderful to see such quality across all styles of sparkling wine. Who doesn’t love to break open the bubbly now and then?- Charles Metcalfe, Co-Chairman of the IWC

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