Domaine La Condamine L’Évêque, Guy Bascou

Another pioneering estate founded 40 years ago by Guy Bascou, who used to moonlight as director of  Domaine de Gourgazaud and as President of the Picpoul de Pinet appellation, when not tending to his own 40 hectares or running his lab. These days, son Guilhem makes the wines with great panache, but Dad keeps a friendly eye over his shoulder. Guilhem really hit the bullseye in 2014 with a striking series of varietal reds, each of which shows impressive fidelity to its type, allied to juicy texture and discreet balance. In a new marketing approach, each is named after a local ecclesiastical figure associated with the Condamine. The low prices frankly beggar belief.

Wine Label - Condamine L'Eveque picpul de Pinet

 

Available Wines

Dom. La Condamine l’Évêque 2011 Picpoul de Pinet

There is no more local a grape than Picpoul, the favoured quaffing white of beach-goers in the southern Languedoc. Guy Bascou just recently retired as President of the Picpoul de Pinet appellation, in which role he was quaintly prevented from having his own label. Now liberated, he offers us the most perfectly sprightly and delicious rendition imaginable.

Dom. La Condamine l’Évêque 2014 Mourvedre (Cotes de Tongue)

And this one evokes Bandol in its ripe brambly aroma and iron overtones. The lithe and sappy palate shows an appropriate lick of tannin. The overall impression is of seriousness leavened with pleasure.