Ok, so everyone knows that I’m a big fan of the Plaimont co-operative, based in the South-West of France. I make no apologies for including another of their wines in this month’s pack as I think they are making some of the most innovative and interesting wines coming out of France at the minute.
Their insistence on using grape varieties indigenous to the south-west of France, such as the Tannat which makes up part of the blend I’ve included in this month’s selection, has not only ensured the individual grapes’ survival, it is also central to their ability to produce wines that are so different to wines from other areas of France, and the wider wine-growing world.
Very aptly named given its thick skin and therefore ability to make wines that are high in Tannin. These characteristics have led to it being very much a workhorse grape in Southern French wines. Whilst you may not be overly familiar with the name, you have probably enjoyed it before in blends from this part of the world.
Here I am inspecting the vines at one the Plaimont co-operative’s vineyards. If you would like to find out more about them I have made a short film which can be viewed by
visiting youtube.com and searching for ‘Plaimont’.