Curious Case - June 2022 - Along the Pyrenees
The mountains that separate France and Spain run through regions in both countries that have been producing wine for centuries. From Catalonia on the Mediterranean across to the Basque country on the Atlantic side there’s a pretty diverse range of styles and types and we’ve decided to focus on some of these for our June 2022 Curious Case. Although geographically a part the area we’ve left Rioja out since it’s such an important area it really justifies a future Curious Case all to itself. And we’ve used a bit of poetic license to stretch things slightly and go as far as Galicia on Spain’s northwest Celtic fringe, but we reckon our choice here complements the selection nicely.
Looking at the reds we’ve picked a meaty red from Roussillon in French Catalonia which is rich, dark and spicy and great with red meats. Next we’ve gone for a gloriously gluggable number from the Armagnac area of southern Gascony. It’s bright and fruity, perfect for everyday drinking and ideal with a plate of charcuterie. Thirdly, there’s a rich and fragrant Aragonese blend from arid high-altitude vineyards on the Pyrenean southern flanks. It’s wonderfully sweet scented and with a paella is superb.
For the three whites, we’ve gone firstly to Jurançon and chosen one of the region’s distinctively tangy, dry whites which are certainly having their moment just now. Staying in France and moving east to the Catalan coast near Perpignan our second white is an intense, citrus and peachy made from local grape varieties and is great on a relaxing summer’s afternoon. To round off we’ve stretched things westwards all the way to Galicia to include a wine that’s long been a favourite of ours. It’s, again, made with a local grape variety and while very drinkable it’s also got a pleasing complexity.
So there we have it. Do give our Pyrenean selection a try we think they showcase what this part of the world excels as well as being easily enjoyable wines for this part of the year.
Along the Pyrenees Curious Case