Olivier Coste Mourvedre Illegal red wine

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Olivier Coste Mourvédre Illegal red wine, 2019 A juicy and smooth wine with dark fruit aromas of blackberry and blackcurrant, layered with violets and a touch of black pepper and wild...

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Vendor: Wineman.co.ukSKU: 57137N/ATags: France, Red, wine

Olivier Coste Mourvédre Illegal red wine, 2019

A juicy and smooth wine with dark fruit aromas of blackberry and blackcurrant, layered with violets and a touch of black pepper and wild herbs. 

Producer Note - Since his childhood, Olivier Coste's favourite place to play was in the vineyards and the wine cellar at his family’s wine estate, which was founded in 1701 in Pézenas. With this upbringing, he developed a passion for nature, the Languedoc region and southern French wines. The vineyards are located a few kilometres from Pézenas where the Mediterranean Sea asserts its influence on the vines. The estate is certified HVE3, which complements the family’s existing ‘Carbon Neutral’ approach. They reduce their CO2 emissions, keeping them to a minimum and offset the rest by financing ecological initiatives, including projects in India. Olivier’s (OC) original Stars range has been created for those who appreciate a modern, fresh and fruity varietal wine and is complemented by quirky packaging. 

Vintage - A few days of heavy rainfall in winter gave the vines nearly a year's equivalent of water, which provided fruitful reserves during the dry spring and summer that followed. The dry weather also minimised the risk of disease in the vineyard. Fortunately, the vineyards were spared the worst of the heat wave that impacted much of the Languedoc and the vines did not suffer, ultimately reaching excellent maturity. 

Vineyard - This wine comes from a small two-hectare appellation, which is revered for the intense and concentrated wines it produces. However, it is produced from Mourvèdre, a grape variety which is not allowed under the appellation law of this tiny appellation, hence its name ‘Illégal'’, thus it is labelled as ‘Vin de France’. The 32-year old vines are planted on a south-facing plot; as Mourvèdre is a late-ripening variety, it needs full sun to reach optimum maturity. It is grown in schist soils, which provide drainage to create deep roots and water reserves for the vines and results in freshness and minerality in the wine. The vines are trained on wire trellises on the Double Royat system, which with two overlapping branches, promotes the maximum sap distribution in the vines. They are spaced at 2x2 metres to offer height and a larger foliage surface area, promoting good conditions for grape maturation. The fruit is hand-harvested in the cool of the night to preserve freshness and quality. 

Winemaking - The grapes were carefully selected, 100% destemmed and macerated for three weeks to extract aromas, colour and tannins. Fermentation took place with selected yeasts in temperature-controlled vats, with regular pump-overs to enhance the aromatic expression. The wine was matured in concrete vats for eighteen months without the influence of oak, allowing the purity of fruit to be fully expressed. 

Tasting Note - A soft and approachable wine with dark fruit aromas of blackberry and blackcurrant, layered with spice and a touch of black pepper. Beautifully balanced with a fresh palate and a long, fruit-driven finish. 

Grape Mourvèdre 100% 

Winemaker: Olivier Coste 

Region: Vin de France 

Country: France 

Alcohol: 13% 

BodyValue: B (A is light, E is full bodied) 

ResidualSugar: 0 

Contains Sulphites: Yes 

Vegetarian/Vegan: Yes/No 

Milk/Eggs: No/Yes 

Organic: No 

Biodynamic: No

Closure: Screwcap

Can you explain your shipping charges?

We charge the amount the courier charges us to deliver the wines. In the majority of cases this is £10.00 for a dozen wines. For local delivery we charge £5.00 as we can often do this ourselves, by local we mean Milton Keynes.

Couriers charge by weight and size and a case of wines is both heavy and bulky and so the costs are fairly high. The charges are the same if you are buying 1 bottle or 6 bottles but they change if you go over 6 bottles due the the excess weight and size. Couriers also charge a fee to cover fuel excess and this all goes towards the total cost not to mention the 20% VAT to be added to everything.

Currently if someone orders a dozen wines they are charged £10.00 but if they order 24 bottles the charge is the same!

If you wish to have your wines shipped to other countries the costs are extreemly high and often not worth paying for. The cost for example to ship to the USA for a dozen wines would be £100.00 for the shipping alone! Therefore we have taken the decision not to ship any wines outside of the UK.


What is your minimum order?

The minimum order is 1 bottle! I prefer it if people order more and you get better value with the delivery if you do this too!


What if I want to send wine as a gift?

No problem, we will send to your preferred address and even include a card free of charge!

We have two kinds of cards a blank one and a Thank you one. However if you want a Valentines one or a birthday card or anyother type of card please let us know. We will write your personal greeting and even include the soppy stuff. We don't charge for the cards as its our way of thanking you for choosing us to send a gift to your loved one. 


What about a discount?

I may be able to take a little off the price if you ask nicely and there is a large enough order. Please do not ask for a discount on any orders under 12 bottles.  Email me with your requirements and I will let you know if I can do anything. However the best way to get a discount is to sign up for the newsletter as there is often special offers given away to newsletter subscribers.

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Olivier Coste Mourvedre Illegal red wine

£11.50 £11.00