WINE OF THE WEEK: Along Came Jones Lledoner Pelut Hairy Grenache 2018, Vin de France

£13.50–£16.99, The Wine Society, Flagship Wines, Fareham Wine Cellar, The Oxford Wine Company


Domaine Jones is no stranger to my wine blogposts, so I'll concentrate on the wine, rather than tell Katie Jones's story again (which you can read here and here), but I will just say that she is an inspired, sensitive and meticulous winemaker specialising in wines made from plots of old vines around Tuchan in Languedoc-Roussillon. This wine is from a parcel of 70–80 year old vines and is, in a word, delicious. In a few more words, it's juicy, sumptuous and seamless, with black cherry, elderberry and damson fruit and a refreshing twist of sloe on the finish.


Lledoner Pelut is the name of the grape variety, but so is Hairy Grenache – unofficially – because the leaves of this Grenache variant are hairy/downy underneath. It's dangerously easy to drink (just a friendly warning) and would go down a treat with warming casseroles (meat or vegetarian), cassoulet, roast pork, herby, spicy sausages, meaty pasta dishes and a whole lot more. If you don't like the comic strip wine label, ignore it, but don't ignore the wine. 14% 


Along Came Jones Lledoner Pelut Hairy Grenache 2018, Vin de France  


£13.50–£16.99, The Wine Society, Flagship Wines, Fareham Wine Cellar, The Oxford Wine Company

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