Wednesday, 6 August 2008

Tasting and lunch at Jimmy's Mill

Went to Capestang this morning to re taste a selection of very stylish wines from Domaine Moulin Gimie. Francois and Christine Gimie then prepared a splendid light lunch ...only 3 hours this time. Usually the feast involves something that Francois has shot (woodcock are his favourite prey) or something grown from their amazing garden. I have previously had figs and juicy tomatoes and amazing sanglier (wild boar) pate chez Gimie, but this time we went for melon (from the garden) and lovely local cured ham followed by ratatouille (all veg from garden) and sausage grilled on vine cuttings. The cheeses were all fresh and light...mainly young goats cheese (as the weather was so hot) followed by an array of ice creams. The wines were also superb.

Francois has a 30 hectare wine estate about 15 kms west of Beziers. The property is just south of the St Chinian appellation and outside the Minervois appellation. This essentially means that all of his wines fall under the far reaching 'Vin de Pays' category. On a positive note this gives Francois the opportunity to grow grape varieties that are slightly different from his neighbours. He has Viognier, Clairette, Muscat, Vermentino, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah and Grenache planted. The absolute star was Domaine Moulin Gimie Merlot Syrah 2006 which is currently available at This a sensational wine for £5.99 retail. Mellow smooth silky red summer fruits style meets dark rich spicy syrah. No oak just pure class.

I'll be showing this wine alongside some other South of France wines at the WILD FRANCE tasting this Friday in Oundle. Have a look at Amps website for more details.

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