Have you heard of the wines made by Plaimont Producteurs in deepest south western France?
They don’t have a high profile but do offer the wonderfully old-fashioned authenticity of French regional wine at wonderfully approachable prices.
Les Vignes RetrouvÃƒÂ©es white 2012 (£7.95 The Wine Society) shows quality well beyond its price with huge aromas of ripe stone fruit and a delectable honeyed palate with good citric balance.
The dark, firm and tannic red is equally enjoyable.
Les Vignes RetrouvÃƒÂ©es red 2010 (£8.50 The Wine Society) demonstrates the damson characteristics of the Tannat grape with a similar full bodied style to the better known wines of Madiran and Cahors.
The clean, summer orchard aromas become refreshing on the palate where green apple and white peach notes are topped off with a lemon finish.
Back in the red department, the latest vintage of Plaimont Producteurs RÃƒÂ©serve des Tuguets 2012 AOC Madiran (£11.99 Tesco) is tailor made to accompany recipes made with tomato and cheese.
The blackberry and cherry fruit character is complimented with a bright acidity and smooth, textural tannins.
It’s a super treat to compliment a variety of desserts but is especially good with fruit salads or blue cheeses.