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  • Jancis Robinson
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  • Jancis Robinson
28 Feb 2006

Everyone needs a house wine, don’t they? And most people planning to entertain large numbers should welcome a characterful soft red that’s not aggressively sweet but is easy to drink without food (now that so many people seem to prefer red to white even as aperitifs) that comes under an easily-removed, fruit-preserving screwcap - and with a label that's modern and no eyesore.

 

London merchant Bibendum Wine begin their sale today and Terra Ventoux 2004 Côtes du Ventoux Rouge must be one of the best buys in it. You can see the full range of what’s available here, although note that all prices quoted online are exclusive of VAT. The VAT-inclusive sale price of this southern French is just £3.99 a bottle, reduced from £5.14 – a substantial reduction presumably because they have so much stock of it. (The online presentation of the dozens of wine in the sale, which lasts until 10 mar, shows exactly how many bottles remain of each wine. - and there are many more reductions of interest.)

 

Mont Ventoux is the often snow-capped cone just to the north of the fashionable Lubéron and this wine, a gentle but very fruity blend of Syrah with 25 per cent Grenache with enough tannin and acidity to keep it fresh and appetising, was made by Cave TerraVentoux, the amalgamation of two Ventoux co-ops La Roche Blanche and La Montagne Rouge. (Such consolidations will surely become more common throughout France as subsidies start to dry up, but I digress...)

 

TerraVentoux have access to 1,200 ha of these outer Rhône vineyards and, while www.winesearcher.com can’t help with retail stockists of this wine outside the UK, the co-op assures me that they export to all of the following. Terres de Truffes is another label which I have not tasted, though I like the name.

 

US

 

Wine Warehouse (Terres de Truffes)

6550 East Washington Blvd

City of Commerce

CA 90040   
Tel : (323) 724 1700

Fax : (323) 724 4700

 

Holland

 

Joos Rijnaarts

Edisonweg 14

1821 BN Alkmaar

www.josrijnaarts.nl

Tel : +31 (0) 72 5118 537 
Fax : +31 (0) 72 5113 155

 

and Gall & Gall Shops

 

Belgium

 

Velu Vins (Terres de Truffes)

Rue de La Bienvenue 19

1070 Bruxelles

Tel : +32 2 520 60 68

Fax : +32 2 520 92 85

www.veluvins.be

info@veluvins.be

 

Coulier Wijnhandel (Terres de Truffes & TerraVentoux)

Ondernemingenstraaat 9
B-8630 Veurne
Tel : + 32 58 31 59 60
Fax : + 32 58 31 58 97

 info@wijhandelcoulier.be

 

MAFRIBEL (Terres de Truffes & TerraVentoux)

Vaucampslaan 110

1654 Huizingen

Tel : +32 2 356 33 00

Fax : +32 2 360 32 97

 

Switzerland

 

La Citée du Vin (Terres de Truffes & TerraVentoux)

3 bis rue de La Coutance

CH 1201 Genève

www.lacitedesvins.ch

 

Crus Nobles (Terres de Truffes )

Aloys Fauquez 87 bis

Case Postale 104

CH 1000 Lausanne 8

Tel : +41 78 6088020

Fax : +41 21 648 55 57

www.lescrusnoble.ch

 

Germany

 

Hawesko TerraVentoux

Hamburger Strasse 14-20

D 25436 Tornesch

Tel : +39 4122 50 44
Fax +39 4122 50 44 77

bestellung@hawesko.de

www. hawesko.de

 

Bartels Langness

Handelgesellschaft
Alte Weide 7-13

D – 24116 Kiel

 

Braunig & Stahlschmidt

Lindentalweg 16

D 44388 Dortmund

 

Japan

 

Katsumi Associates

Suntory Ltd

Liquor Mountain