24th June 2019 0 Comments
Eight members of our management team were whisked away to the South of France to experience some of the best wine the region has to offer.
They arrived in Sète on the Mediterranean coast for a fabulous lunch of Tabouriech oysters and mussels accompanied by some crisp, dry Picpoul and unbroken sunshine.
The afternoon was spent in the company of the extremely enthusiastic and knowledgeable head winemaker of Reserve de Gassac wines, Anna. Our team were shown round the stunning ‘amphitheatre’ vineyards and bottling plant. It was clear why these wines are so wonderful; the perfect combination of great grapes and ‘terroir,’ a very talented winemaker and a state of the art winery all combine to produce the reds, whites and rosés we are lucky enough to sell in our pubs.
The second day saw our managers at Mas de Daumas Gassac estate. Winemaker Benjamin showed them around their very special 40-year-old vines, all grapes of which are harvested by hand. Lunch was a picnic in the forest surrounding the vineyards, where they sampled some of the reds, sparkling rosés and whites produced on the estate.
Over 20 different grapes go into both the reds and whites, though predominantly Cabernet Sauvignon for red and rosé, and Viognier and Chardonnay for the white.
Many thanks indeed go to Gideon Clow and Les Caves de Pyrene for organising and hosting the Metropolitan Pub Company a truly unforgettable trip to the Languedoc.