The Chateau Tour Boisee Marielle et Frederique, our first featured wine in this year's lead up to #LanguedocDay! 40% Grenache, 40% Syrah … [Read more...]
The Best Languedoc Wine - The Reverse Wine Snob Picks!
The Languedoc (pronounced “long-dock”) region lies in southern France next to the Mediterranean Sea. This perpetually sunny wine region (as in 320 days of sunshine a year) is the largest in the country containing about 25% of the total vineyard land (and 30% of France’s organic agriculture).
80% of the production here is red — mostly Syrah, Grenache, Mourvèdre and Carignan. However, you’ll also find excellent rosé (Provence quality at a lower price), whites made from the Picpoul grape (along with varieties like Bourboulenc, Clairette, Muscat, Marsanne, Roussanne, Viognier and Vermentino) and even sparkling wine. In fact, Limoux in the southwest of the Languedoc is the original home of sparkling wine even predating Champagne and offers great value.
With 30 different appellations in the region each is influenced in varying degrees by the mountains, the sea, the sun and the wind. In addition, local regulations allow for a good degree of experimentation which enables winemakers to be creative. This means that there is tremendous variety in the types of styles of wines grown here. Add in the fact that most have a price point of $25 or less and it’s easy to see why imports to the US have grown by 194% (in volume) from 2009-2015!
Read on for our list of The Best Languedoc Wines!
The enjoyable and refreshing Mode de Vie Sommelier's White Blend. 70% Grenache Blanc and 30% Roussanne from Languedoc, France. … [Read more...]
The Chateau de Paraza Minervois Cuvee Speciale, a smooth find from Minervois. 40% Grenache, 40% Syrah and 20% Mourvedre from Minervois, … [Read more...]
A rosé for red wine drinkers, the Chateau de Lancyre Rosé. 50% Syrah, 40% Grenache and 10% Cinsault grown in the clay and limestone based … [Read more...]
The Chateau Coulon Corbieres Rouge, a savory blend that gets better with every sip. 40% Syrah, 30% Carignan, 15% Grenache, and 15% … [Read more...]
Another consistently good Trader Joe's Top Pick, the Pontificis GSM. 40% Grenache, 33% Syrah and 27% Mourvedre from Languedoc-Roussillon, … [Read more...]