Foncalieu launches Les Amours d'Haut Gleon range

Foncalieu has launched a new range of PGI wines labelled 'Les Amours d’Haut Gleon'.

The Languedoc-based group of co-operative wineries, which has owned Chateau Haut-Gleon in Corbieres since 2012, is launching the new range to complement its premiumisation strategy. The Les Amours d’Haut Gleon range will be labelled as PGI Pays d’Oc.

Chateau Haut-Gleon is the flagship estate of Vignobles Foncalieu in Corbieres near Carcassonne in the south of France. The 36-hectare vineyard sits among 260 hectares of woodland and the estate, built in 1223, is fed by three springs. Foncalieu bought the estate in 2012.

The new range is designed to suit the supermarket sector and aims to “make Chateau Haut-Gleon more accessible to a broader audience”, according to the company. It also complements the company’s development strategy at the top end of the market, which is growing by 17%, but in a more “people-friendly way”, it explained.

The collection comprises three wines: a rose, which blends 70% Grenache and 30% Syrah; the red, which is a blend of 80% Grenache and 20% Syrah, and it described as having “an intense nose of juicy fresh red berry fruits”; and the “fresh and fruity” white, which is 70% Vermentino and 30% Viognier.

Earlier this year Foncalieu also unveiled the new livery for its Sillages label, a single varietal Albarino from its Les Extraordinaires range of PGI Pays d’Oc. The range was originally launched in 2009 as part of a plan to bring back unusually flavoured varietals. Albarino is now one of the 58 permitted grape varieties entitled to be labelled PGI Pays d’Oc.

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