Magazine article The Spectator

Spectator Wine: October Wine Club

Magazine article The Spectator

Spectator Wine: October Wine Club

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Jason Yapp has been even more ebullient than usual, if such a thing was possible, Yapp Brothers having scooped three awards at the International Wine Challenge, including 'Languedoc-Roussillon Specialist Merchant of the Year'.

Jason knows Languedoc-Roussillon like nobody else: he and I had a memorable trip there recently thanks not only to the spectacular wines we tasted but to the transvestite nightclub in Avignon we found ourselves in, for reasons that now escape me, surrounded by French truckers in summer frocks discussing brake systems and the perils of the Paris périphérique.

For this offer, I challenged Jason to show a selection that might justify his IWC gong. He put up a dozen excellent bottles any one of which I would happily have chosen, although this final four is particularly strong. They're well-priced, too, proving Jason's point that nowhere in France boasts such a fine rapport qualité-prix . Just to be sure, though, I twisted his arm and he knocked a quid off every bottle, bringing them all under a tenner.

We offered the previous vintage of the 2014 Domaine Gaujal Picpoul de Pinet (1) in January and readers were so taken with it they cleared the Yapp shelves. Like its predecessor this is high in typical Picpoul zingy acidity but with plenty of creamy fruit, too, backed by a slightly saline, appetite-inducing finish. …

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