Sud de France – Languedoc-Roussillion

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I had the pleasure of attending a class on Sud de France – Languedoc-Roussillon region. Such a mysterious and fun area of the wine world. Seriously, you could drink a different bottle every night and in a year you might begin to really grasp the true craft of these wines. Red wine, white wine, sparkling wine [Cremant de Limoux], sweet wine. The Vins Doux Naturels or VDN for short, the most famous fortified sweet wine from this region, dates back to  the 13th century. So plenty of history and well-made small production wines. Co-ops have allowed small vineyard owners to produce wine without having to own the winery, a practice still in use today [I’m looking at you, Wine Ghetto of SB]. This region is huge and produces millions of bottles each year. Sure, there is a lot of bulk juice, but that’s not the point. [I mean, California = bulk juice capital] A new generation of wines and winemakers has sprung up. They see the opportunity to produce personal, wonderful wines on properties that cost a fraction of those in Bordeaux or Napa Valley. This is the place where classic stylings and a thirst for modern, cutting-edge wine-making techniques have harmoniously come together to benefit you, dear reader. Many wines are pesticide-free. Organic. Biodynamique. Although most wine-makers do not advertise as such. They are growing a lot of good grapes, as opposed to a few years ago when they were known for high yield, low- quality acreage. And so many grapes! The whites include Chardonnay, Roussanne, Picpoul, [SO GOOD WITH OYSTERS OMG] Marsanne, Vermentino, Bourboulenc, Clairette blanche, Grenache blanc and many others. Among the reds, Grenache, Syrah, Carignan, Cinsault, and Mourvedre [or Mataró or Monastrell, one of my favorites] are major grapes of the Corbières, Faugères, Fitou, [there are 2 of them!]and Minervois AOCs. I cannot wait to taste some more wines from this World-Class wine region.

 

 

Just a few photos to keep you interested….
Languedoc-Roussillon MLM Sud de France - Languedoc-Roussillon Map
Languedoc-Roussillon Map
This one is out of focus. What do you expect after 50 wine in 10 hours, spread over 2 days. Sheesh!

Day 1 lineup – Whew!

Day 1

Day 2 lineup

Day 2

The Good Stuff

Oh now this is a fun wine. Not for the faint of heart.

Mas Becha

Chateau Maris – C’est très magnifique!

Day 1

Very nice.

Rives-Blanque

Everyone is learning about wine!
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