A real spirit of adventure

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WINE: Alistair Gibson on World Malbec Day

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The south of France, which runs from the Pyrenees through to the Italian border, is one of the country’s more interesting wine regions.

There is a sense of freedom in the vineyards that doesn’t exist in other French regions and as such there is a real spirit of adventure.

Chateau Vignelaure Rose 2013, Coteaux d’Aix-en-Provence (winesociety.com, £12.50) from one of the area’s top estates is very pale pink, with red fruits and flowers and a little savouriness. Enjoy with some Mediterranean vegetable dishes.

Mas Amiel Muscat 2012, Riveslates (waitrosecellar.com £10.99) was a ‘Top 100’ wine in a recent Sud de France competition. It is fresh and sweet with peaches, apricots and blossom and on the palate it has really well balanced acidity. Try with a bowl of peaches or a fruit tart.

Top Tipple

Domaine les Yeuses Syrah ‘Les Spices 2012, Pay d’Oc

Another ‘Top 100’ wine in the Sud de France Top 100 Wines and this is fantastic value. Made from 100 percent Syrah grapes, black fruits and notes of spices as the name suggests, followed by more black fruits and a soft, mouth-filling finish. Try with a midweek sausage supper.

Available at majestic.co.uk for £9.99 each or £8.49 each if you buy two.