The classic grapes of La Livinière are of the reds Syrah, Grenache, Carignan and, less so, Cinsault. And, of whites, Grenache Gris, Marsanne and Rousanne. Benji Darnault, our winemaker at Boulevard Napoleon, says he thinks red Grenache is most suited to the area, producing wines that perfectly represent the South of France, “warm, full but also subtle, lifty, juicy, a food wine to quench thirst,” he says.

Trevor and Benji are in fierce agreement that a structure of a wine is all-important:

“A great wine to me has to be long, big and light,” states Benji

“Yes, it needs shoulders but it needs elegance,” agrees Trevor.

“Who does it look like?”

Trevor thinks for a moment. “An East German swimmer circa 1974 of indiscriminate sex but very beautiful!”

Words by Mina Holland, photographs by Elena Heatherwick

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