Domaine Preignes Le Vieux, La Petite Source, Le Pré, Rouge


This delightful red marries the regional typicities of the Mediterranean with the nearby Atlantic, blending Grenache, Cinsault and Cabernet Sauvignon to give a round, dark, fruity and highly enjoyable wine. A touch of oak sits on top of blackberry, black currant and plum flavours, that are suggestive of both the South of France and Bordeaux - it's magic! 

Excellent as an accompaniment to red meats, grilled vegetables and casseroles, this is also a super match for local cuisine such as game-centred Paella and suckling pork. It's also just soft enough for no food at all... 

Jérome Vic is the fifth generation wine maker in this privileged part of the Languedoc. Between the mountains and the sea, close to Béziers, the climatic influences of the Mediterranean Sea are balanced by the warmth of the continental European landmass, with the high altitude of the Haut-Languedoc mountains. It's a region that produces an embarrassingly large volume of wine each year, much of which goes into the production of industrial alcohol and associated products such as hand sanitiser and turpentine... However, in the right regions and in the right hands, growers can see beyond the mundane and reach the potential quality that this region can achieve. Jérome is married to Aurélie and the pair have championed their winery by focusing on potential, yes, but also on the absolute reality that is their raw material.

Using neither pesticides nor, more importantly, herbicides, they have been practicing organic principles for decades and this is singularly the most important guiding light in their philosophy. Clearly it is their vineyard approach that gives them such generous and consistent grapes: but that only leads the horse to water, so to speak... Their winery practices are similarly bound by self-imposed structures - the difference being that while the vineyards require constant, intense manual labour, the wine-making process is almost entirely hands-off. Natural indigenous yeasts, slow ferments, minimal intervention and almost zero additional sulphur (SO2) make these some of the most approachable and delightfully fruity 'natural' wines that we have come across.

They haven't certified the wines as organic (though clearly the lack of vineyard treatments more than qualifies them to do so), but have aligned themselves to an alternative body that prizes sustainability in all methods of food and drink production, which is called QUALENVI. Unaware of anyone else that does this, it is challenging to say "ah ha, that's why they taste like this" , but it is absolutely clear that they do something right that results in wines that are fresh, clear and tasty with no suggestion of commercial over-production. The rest of the Languedoc should take note...

Region: Languedoc

Country: France

Grape(s): Grenache, Cinsault, Cabernet Sauvignon

Style: Vibrant, Sustainable, Soft, Perfumed, Organic, Natural, Medium-Light, Juicy, Herbaceous, Gentle, Fruity, Fresh, Fleshy, Bright

Best food matches: Wild Boar, Tapas, Soft Cheeses, Sausages, Red Meats, Poultry, Pork, Pasta, Hard Cheeses, Grills, Cheeses, Charcuterie, Casseroles, Aperitif

Alcohol: 13%

Why buy from us?

When you buy wine from The Allotment Wine Co. you're helping a small Irish company that in turn supports small, sustainable wine producers who grow the grapes and make amazing wines. We only work with partners who share a deep respect and connection with the land and its traditions, witnessed in a firm commitment to quality and sustainability. All of which makes for better wines.

Delivery & Returns

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We pack your online wine order along the following timelines:

Wine orders for delivery in Dublin, received before 12pm on weekdays are prepared so that delivery should be expected the next working day.

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Patrick H.
Hi, I'm Chris Gifford.

And you're very welcome to The Allotment Wine Co.

When you wine from me, you're supporting a small Irish business which in turn supports small, sustainable wine producers, as well as other small, dedicated Irish wine importers.

When selecting wines, I look for partners who share a deep respect and connection with the land and its traditions, witnessed in a firm commitment to quality and sustainability. All of which makes for better wines.