Category Archives: Languedoc

La Roque Rose 2007

Chateau La Roque, Coteaux du Languedoc, Pic Saint Loup, Rose 2007 The nose is frankly rather stinky with notes of cheese and garlic. In the mouth it is lowish in acid and the fruit is evolving, while the alcohol is … Continue reading

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Le Blanc d’Eulalie 2007

Chateau Sainte Eulalie, Vin de Pays d’Oc, Le Blanc d ‘Eulalie, Sauvignon 2007 Unfortunately this wine has developed too much volatility. It was stoppered with a very hard synthetic cork, so perhaps that allowed the ingress of too much oxygen.  … Continue reading

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Fonsainte Corbieres 2006

Domaine de Fontsainte, Corbieres 2006 The rose wines from this domaine have shown complexity and suppleness. This wine exhibits cedar, vanilla, a sense of the garrigue and some earthiness in the nose. The tannins are supple, the acidity is lively … Continue reading

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Mas Jullien Rose 2007

Mas Jullien, Coteaux du Languedoc, Rose 2007 The nose is clean and full of red fruits with brambles as well. In the mouth the red fruit shines and there is structure, reminding us that this was produced from black grapes, … Continue reading

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Some other French bubblies

Domaine J. Laurens, Cremant de Limoux, Blanc de Blancs, Brut ,Tête de Cuvée, Méthode Traditionnelle nv There is candied fruit in the nose and a little sense of biscuits. The mouth is a bit hollow, low in concentration and not … Continue reading

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Miner wine

Chateau Sainte-Eulalie, Minervois La Liviniere, La Cantilene 2005 There’s lots of beautiful, sun-drenched New World fruit with black pepper as well. The wine is moderately dense, structured with chewiness and acidity and nicely balanced – delicious.The grapes are 55% Syrah, … Continue reading

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Not really wormwood

Noilly Prat, Original French Dry Vermouth nv This is always a great example of the complexity of herbs, white wine and fortification; yet the students usually hate it. Tonight a full 25% of the group enjoyed the wine or at … Continue reading

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A stinger in the south

Hugues Beaulieu, Coteaux Du Languedoc, Picpoul de Pinet 2007 Each vintage of this wine has been marked by true-to-form high acidity. The ’07 is the same with lip-smacking acidity, green herbs of the landscape and a sense of lemon peel … Continue reading

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Vin de Pays

Excitement and innovation from the south of France Les Calades Vin de Pays d’Oc Cabernet Sauvignon 2006 Very overt berries, very light-bodied and a little bit of an astringent edge. 13.5% $7.99 at Bottle Barn Mas de Daumas Gassac Vin … Continue reading

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Round the world with Pinot

Les Carabenes Vin de Pays d’Oc 2006 Too bad this sample is corked. Imported by PlanetWine in Oakland Mis in the postal code F-11300 13.5% 14.99 at Traverso’s Greenstone Point South Island Pinot Noir 2006 A little weedy, very firm … Continue reading

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