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I just wanted to let you know that my order arrived safely yesterday, and we decided to try the confit de canard, it was delicious and we both thought it was one of the best confit we have eaten, and we eaten quite a lot as we spend at least a month or more in France each year and we have visited most regions including “Les Landes”. Also Your print out of advice on storage etc is very helpful and would be very helpful to younger people who aren’t always so knowledgeable about food storage other than using a fridge as Larders don’t really exist very much any longer. We are very much looking forward to trying your other things, my husband especially wants to try the snails. He told me to re-order some more confit, which I am definitely going to do, but just want to try the rillettes and snails, but will definitely be re-ordering before the end of the month, he is also very keen to try your Soupe de Homard. So thrilled to have found your web site, by chance through Google, but will be telling my friends and family. Thank you once again Yours sincerely Alexandra Galliers-Pratt. Nov 2018)

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The wines of Gaillac and the Jura are little known in France let alone the UK!
We have been selling them since we started Devigne Wines in 2002. Being from areas 300 miles apart with quite different climates, soil and grape varieties, you might expect very different wines. In fact, both areas produce subtle and fragrant wines with a touch of spice and much finesse. In addition these wines age beautifully (we have had excellent Trousseau (from the Jura) from the 1950s). Likewise Claude & Christine Rouquié in Gaillac and Fredéric Lornet in the Jura are very hands-on producers from families where the vines and the talent have passed down through the generations.

Grapes.jpgThere has been well-organised wine production around Gaillac since the founding of the Abbaye St-Michel in 972AD though there is evidence of production considerably before this date.
The vines of le Mas de Bicary are to be found on south facing slopes on the right bank of the river Tarn.
The Rouquiés are hard working, uncomplicated and ambitious people who make excellent wines (practising ‘lutte raisonnée' - use of an absolute minimum of chemical products), which rival anything, made in Gaillac. They continue to respect traditional methods whilst ignoring the current trend of producing red wines to be drunk very young. In this way you could say that they are old-fashioned in that they go for quality before quick profit. It is very unusual to be able to buy so many vintages of red from one producer. Make the most of the opportunity before this rare pearl is discovered by too many.

We also stock their traditional Perlé (a crisp and very slightly ‘petillant’ or (perlant) white wine), their exceptional rosé, still and sweet whites and ‘brut’ Méthode Traditionnelle & Ancéstrale fizz. There isn’t a mediocre wine amongst them and great value!

Our range of Jura wines from Frédéric Lornet continues to be popular, particPlace de la Liberté, Arboisularly those made from the Savagnin variety. There is the famous Vin Jaune or Savagnin itself, which starts off exactly the same way as but is only allowed to oxidise for 3 years. If you are unsure about going the whole hog with Vin Jaune why not start with this or try a blend of Savagnin and crisp Chardonnay.
We continue to stock the famous Vin de Paille, plus our personal favourite white, Naturé, a Chardonnay and 5 reds, 2 Crémants (Rosé & Blanc) and Fine du Jura (a Marc brandy).

  • Gaillac Rouge 2015
    £10.55 Gaillac Rouge 2015
    From 30 year old Duras, Braucol, Syrah and Cabernet Franc vines. Intense deep purply red in colour. A pleasant fresh fruity and spicey, nose with all the usual hints of blackberry and blackcurrant.Round, soft, fruity and...

  • Gaillac Rouge, Réserve 2015
    £12.60 Gaillac Rouge, Réserve 2015
    From 45 year old  Merlot and Braucol vines.Intense red in colour with a hint of coppery brown.Nice nose of ripe red fruits with a bit of spice and smokiness.Full and velvety it will keep for 7 to 10 years.Goes great...





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