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Duché d'Uzès

The Duché d'Uzès AOP is situated in the relatively undiscovered Gard region, north-west of Nimes and around the historical town of Uzès and the amazing Roman aqueduct, the Pont du Gard. The foothills of the Çevennes are a few miles to the west, and the vineyards of the Côtes du Rhône lie to the east.

Depending on which wine information resource or map one refers to, Duché d'Uzès falls within either (or both) Languedoc-Roussillon or Rhône. Historically and geographically, it is Languedoc-Roussillon, but for administrative purposes (due to the close proximity of the ruling body) it is now designated as Rhône. Indeed, the wines - especially the reds - are perhaps more Rhône in style than Languedoc, although they possess a freshness more typical of the latter. Until recently, the region had no AOP, so all of the wines were designated as IGP (formerly Vins de Pays). Thankfully, that has now changed, with the richly-deserved introduction of the Duché d'Uzès AOP in 2012.

Les Vignes de l'Arque Rouge 2018 Duché d'Uzès
80% Grenache, 20% Syrah
Aged in old oak barrels for 6 months
£ 10.85