Tuesday, March 3, 2015
The Languedoc (say “LONG-eh-DOCK”) region in southern France is producing some of the most exciting and revolutionary wine at the moment. For those of you who are recently coming into drinking French wine, you should take advantage of the exceptional value offered by the winemaker's and cooperatives of the Languedoc; same goes for the flanking regions of Roussillon and Provence.
Languedoc used to be the region that produced the majority of Frances cheap bulk wine, and on some level remains so being responsible for more than a third of France's total wine production.* This dubious distinction was a result of the dry mediterranean climate that makes grape growing easier and inexpensive as well as the fact that the first grape vines were planted here by the 5th century BCE. However a collective shift of independently minded producers have recently moved Languedoc-Roussillon wine towards being the wine industry's best kept secret. The region exports exceptional organic and sustainably made wines from Syrah, Grenache, Carignan, and Cinsault grapes. Languedoc wines can range from bright and juicy to thick and earthy, but they always serve as crowd-pleasers to the casual wine drinker and the oenophile.
To learn more about the Languedoc be sure to catch our live blog Wednesday evening (March 4th, 2015) with our buyer Rand.
Rand’s Picks: The 5 Wines You Must Try from the Languedoc
Moulin de Gassac Guilhem Rouge 2013 $10.99
Appellation: Pay D’Herault:
Grapes: Blend of Syrah, Grenache, Mourvedre, Carignan (Organic)
Ripe red fruit, roses and spice.
Domaine Rimbert Cousin Oscar 2013 $13.99
Grapes: Cinsault (Organic)
Delightfully light with pretty berry and floral aromas.
Mas de Gourgonnier Les Baux de Provence 2012 $15.99
Grapes: Blend of Grenache, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Carignan (Organic)
Juicy crushed red and black berries, earthy minerality, and just a touch of funk
Traverses de Fontanes 2012 $17.99
Appellation: Vin De Pays D`Oc
Grapes: Cabernet Sauvignon (Biodynamic)
Dark red cherry and plum fruit founded on an abundance of garrigue and rustically earthy minerality.
Le Bout Du Monde Cotes Du Roussillon Hop'la 2012 $22.99
Appellation: Côtes du Roussillon
Grapes: Grenache, Syrah (Organic, No sulfur added)
Fresh, fruity, and quaffable.
*K. MacNeil The Wine Bible. pg 293 Workman Publishing 2001 ISBN 1-56305-434-5