Marjorie Gallet is no stranger to us here at JN and you may have already enjoyed one of her superlative Roc des Anges wines. Having grown up in the Northern Rhône raising horses, Marjorie came to wine out of a sheer passion for the vine. After spending time at fantastic domaines like Cuilleron and Gagnard, she moved to Roussillon in the south west of France, where she met her husband, Stephane Gallet, the then winemaker at Mas Amiel.
They now run their own estate using strict organic and biodynamic farming principles from beautiful vineyards planted on schist soils, and have become the darlings of the Michelin 3-star set in France with their spectacular array of Domaine Le Roc des Anges wines. Last year, Marjorie and Stephane started another project working with local growers to make this fantastically affordable and very drinkable range – Effet Papillon – as a way of creating a line of wines that will draw people to the wines of Roussillon and perhaps incline them to try some of the bigger and pricier wines from the region (hence the “butterfly effect”).
Effet Papillon Blanc 2012
Zippy and fresh, harvested from the iron rich soil just outside of Rivesaltes. It’s a terrific little white, jasmine scented and loaded with fresh melon and apricot fruit. In the mouth, the fruit is exotic and the finish, crisp and fine.
Effet Papillon Rouge 2012
Looking for a great inexpensive red for the summer holidays? Look no further. Made from Carignan and Grenache grapes purchased by Marjorie and Stephanie, this has to be one of the best value reds we have tasted this year. Dark fruit on the nose, brambly with subtle spice nuances and that lovely garrigue character you get in the wines from this region. Fullish, plush and supple on the palate, it is versatile and crowd pleasing.
Serve it guilt free with anything from burgers to chicken, pork or steak on the grill. Stock up now for holiday entertaining – be warned, we don’t have as much of this wine as we want and it will disappear far too soon!
Effet Papillon Rosé 2013
Overdelivers on quality, given its affordable price tag. A wonderful accompaniment to summer salads or light fish dishes, it shows hints of strawberries with an intriguing mineral undertone – just spot on for sipping in the garden.
Effet Papillon Mixed Case Offer
Case includes 4 bottles of the white, 4 bottles of the rose and 4 bottles of the red. All spot on for sipping in the garden and holiday entertaining.