It’s always good to have some of your favourite wines featured by an independent UK wine merchant – online Nottingham wine merchant Leon Stolarski Fine Wines has selected 2 lesser-known wines from domaines I have worked with before. Laplace is one of the biggest and most respected winemakers in SW France, and interestingly Leon Stolarski has selected the dry version of Pacherenc – the sweeter and often dessert version os more often seen locally – so check that you are buying the “Sec”.
The wines from Fronton (southwest of Montauban) tended in the past to be rather light, but well-suited to the more famous rosé from Fronton (or the Cotes du Frontonnais as it used to be known.) However Chateau Bouissel completely changed my view of Fronton wines and manage top produce some seriously good wines.
New Classic Wines from regional France! Leon Stolarski Fine Wines is a family-run company which specialises in (and in the majority of cases is the sole U.K importer of) wines from some of the best small growers in southern and central France. Our wines have received a great many enthusiastic reviews from many esteemed wine writers, including Jancis Robinson MW, Tom Cannavan, Tim Atkin MW, Neal Martin of eRobertParker.com and Jamie Goode at the WineAnorak – so much so that we were shortlisted for the Specialist Wine Merchant Of The Year category of the 2011 Decanter World Wine Awards.
I fully endorse Leon Stolarski’s final comments on wines from SW France – but then I admit I am biased!
In fact, the more we discover about the wines of South-West France, the more we realise that there are so many “undiscovered” gems, from light, minerally, complex dry whites, through fruity yet robust reds, to fully-fledged sweet whites to rival the worlds finest.
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