Archive for the Languedoc Category

Domaine l’Ostal Cazes, Estibals Minervois 2007, Languedoc, France

Languedoc has become the focus of my attention over the last while. And this 2007 Estibals Minervois by domaine l'Ostal Cazes  tastes very typical of the south of France, for so many good reasons.   On the nose you get a buckets of blackberries, seasoned with a bit of peeper and rounded out with vanilla.   The gulp is powerful even for Minervois standards. The blackberries find companionship with raspberries, cherries. A little green green pepper works in on the end.   Really Read more [...]

Château Saint Martin de la Garrigue Bronzinelle White 2009, Coteaux du Languedoc, France

Count yourself amongst the most knowledgeable wine lovers if you can name the grapes that go into a white AOC Coteaux du Languedoc.  My very trusty Hachette Wine Library Dictionary of Wine tells me that the allowed varieties are Clairette,Grenache Blanc, Bourboulenc, Picpoul, Marsanne and Rousanne.  Give yourself a star if you got more than two of those.  Don't worry, I couldn't have guessed even after tasting it. So does the Château Saint Martin de la Garrigue Bronzinelle White 2009 give Read more [...]

Chateau Mourgues du Gres 2009 Les Galets Rouge, AOC Costieres de Nimes, France

The Costieres de Nimes wine region is a tricky AOC to know what you are going to get when you bring a bottle of it home from the wine store.  Sea facing vineyards produce robust reds, and those on the other side of the hill facing the city of Nimes are fruity gulpers. One sniff and a sip and you will know that the Chateau Mourgues du Gres Les Galets Rouge is clearly a fruity gulper. Smelling of a rich blend of boozy vanilla, garden herbs, strawberry and the inside of a cigar tube my nose tells Read more [...]

Mas Fabregous Sentier Botanique Terrasses du Larzac, Coteaux du Languedoc AOC, France

This 2006 Mas Fabregous Terrasses du Larzac has no snob appeal, and frankly virtually zero distribution in North America.  But it is a wine that every wine lover should appreciate. I could see the Wine Spectator giving this wine an 86-88.  I wish I had the resources to give every wine writer out there a bottle of this wine and get them to review, those that miss it's simple appeal would be dropped off the respect list. ;) This wine from the Coteaux du Langudoc deserves note, not because it is Read more [...]

Mont Tauch Les Garrigues Grenache Noir 2009, Vin Du Pays (Languedoc), France

Grenache Noir is a real work horse grape in the wonderful Languedoc region of France.  The grape itself is a transplant from Spain, but the folks of of the Languedoc treat it as if it was their own.  The 2009 Mont Tauch Les Garrigues Grenache Noir is young and spunky, and has sophisticated, macho swagger to it.  Looking good in a tailored suit with this dashing wine boldly wears a necktie of ruby and violet that says look at me.  It has a herbally cologne that gives a little rugged edge to the Read more [...]

Château Coupe Roses Red Minervois 2008, Languedoc, France

Château Coupe Roses 2008 Les Plots might not be the easiest Minervois AOC red wine to find, but it is well worth the effort. It oozes succulent fruit, blackberries, blackcurants, wildflowers and cherry. It smells like you just crushed the grapes with your bare hands. The beauty of this wine is how a perfectly balanced earthy flavour wraps its long arms around the bouquet and hugs as opposed to crushes it as most wines that try to fake terroir often will. This is an outstanding wine that can be purchased Read more [...]
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