Two new sparkling wines will sit under the popular Les Jamelles brand while Maison de la Villette is a new innovative range offering a “slice of affordable luxury”; the range is said to be “inspired by the romance of Paris’s former food district, La Villette. In addition a new range of premium organic wines made at Domaine de la Metairie d’Alon in the Aude will also be launched at the event. The latter is one of the two vineyard purchases the producer made last year as it moved into the world of growing its own grapes.
The two new sparkling wines, which will both be branded Les Jamelles, will join the existing Les Jamelles Methode Traditionnelle Brut, which was launched in 2010. The mid-range wine is made using the charmat method, and the entry-level sparkler is made using the brand’s best-selling Sauvignon Blanc varietal “so that the wine’s aromatic richness is captured and retained and then emphasised with a slight sparkle”.
Maison de la Villette is a new brand made under the Vin de France category to allow room for innovation and flexibility. The style of these wines is fruit forward, rich and round with a stylish oaky touch.
The wines in the new premium, organic Domaine de la Metairie d’Alon range have been made using a Burgundian approach from the region’s two classic indigenous grapes: Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. They fall into two quality levels: The ‘Le Village’ wines (Pinot Noir, Pinot Noir rose, Chardonnay; all Pays d’Oc PGI), are made from blends from various parcels around the village of Magrie and the ‘Cuvees Parcellaires (single vineyard) wines come from the very best parcels and are effectively the Languedoc equivalent of a Burgundian premier or grand cru.
Laurent Delaunay, president of Badet Clément and fifth generation Burgundian winemaker, said: “It’s been a busy year for us, a new winery, new vineyard purchases and new wines, but we planned it that way to coincide with our 20th anniversary celebrations and also to build the foundations for establishing ourselves as the leading producer in the Languedoc-Roussillon and to ramp up our foothold in the UK”.