The ‘Pays d’Oc’ refers to the Languedoc-Roussillon region of southern France. Geographically the Oc covers an incredibly broad swathe of vineyards from the Rhône delta in the middle of southern France to westernmost tip of France’s Mediterranean coast.
The Shiraz vines which Boutinot’s Languedoc specialist Guillaume Létang selected for Pasquiers Shiraz are in the south west of this important southern French wine growing region. Terroir is ideal, combining a dry and very sunny Mediterranean climate with silty / sandy soils, so that the vines dig deep for their nutrients and produce high quality grapes. Under the fierce sun harvest dates need to be carefully judged and, once in the cellar, the grapes are de-stemmed and macerated at low temperatures to fully capture the flavours of the fruit, which is checked by daily tasting. No oak is used and the wine is bottled early to allow the Shiraz fruit to be expressed in its very purest form.
This wine is a particularly good match with herby sausages and traditional French bistro dishes.