Many writers will be using the release of the Absolutely Fabulous movie to reminisce about the crazy 1990s: cocaine, clubbing and Kate Moss. Drink writers will be going on about Bolly and Stolly which Eddy and Patsy put away in heroic quantities. There is one episode though, where they try something a bit different. It’s the one where they have a Withnail and I esque holiday by mistake in the South of France. There’s no light, food or power but there is plenty of local wine which they proceed to tear into with abandon.
If you look carefully at the labels you’ll see that they aren’t just drinking any old plonk. No, they are drinking Chateau La Canorgue, an extremely good wine from Provence. stocked by more than reputable West Country wine merchants Yapp Bros. It comes in all three colours, all of which are usually excellent: the red is a blend of Syrah and Grenache and tastes like a particularly fragrant Cotes-Du-Rhone, lots of fruit and wild herbs; the rose is classic Provencal but with a bit more body than some, it’s a wine that can hold its own against some quite serious food; the white is a blend of Grenache blanc, Clairette, Roussanne and Marsanne and manages to be fresh and floral but with a good nutty weight to it. All three are serious wine but also manage to be very drinkable (as you can see from the photo above.)
Rather appropriately I first tried these wines whilst visiting the house of a top television producer who had more than a hint of Patsy about her. She had designated room for yoga complete with healing crystals and an enormous statue of the Buddha. After a hard day’s schmoozing, she’d come home, do some eastern chanting and then crack into the Provencal rosé