Languedoc Tasting Day
LANGUEDOC, THE BIGGEST VINEYARD IN THE WORLD
Languedoc, the terroir of sun-drenched wines
Thanks to its nurturing climate and the richness and multiplicity of its terroirs, Languedoc-Roussillon’s vines are achieving higher and higher levels of quality. It is also the largest and the oldest wine-growing region in the world, spreading over more than 200,000 hectares.
The vineyards flourished for twenty centuries, with wine becoming the region’s main economic driver. Languedoc and a part of Roussillon were nothing but rows of vines as far as the eye could see.
For thirty years now, Languedoc-Roussillon has been redefining the vintner’s trade to make the most of the quality of its terroirs. A quality combined with diversity.
In just a few decades, vintners and oenologists have reinvented themselves to concentrate on quality, develop concepts, experiment with tradition, and advance the development of wines from organically-grown grapes, which already represent nearly 9.8% of vineyard production.
APC Languedoc: a land of contrasts
You’d have to be truly ingenious to define the APC Languedoc , to describe in simple terms the ever changing countryside, the wineries and villages scattered between sea and mountain, the colours, the redolent aromas, the intriguing alchemy between the wild countryside and cultivated land, its true spirit.
The AOC Languedoc is France’s oldest vineyard; it dates back to the Greek era, 5 centuries BC. Stretching from the Spanish border to the outskirts of Nîmes it includes all the ‘appellation controlée’ vineyards in the Languedoc-Roussillon. Nowadays, new challenges are beating at its the gates. Consumer tastes and habits constantly on the move, wine production has become international, nothing stands still.
MY TASTING for the Languedoc Day
Château de Flangergues Languedoc AOP
Cuvée Les Comtes roses
Henri and Pierre de Colbert, wine growers at Montpellier
Grenache Syrah et Mouvedre,
The terroir is very present, the nose is less so. Starts subtly and then gains strength in the mouth. Dry fruits with candied fig; gooseberry; some exotic notes and a spicy finish. Well rounded and persistent.
Château PECH-LATT 2014 AOP Corbières
Bio Ecocert – Organically certified
Carignan, Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre
Fruity nose dominated by blackberry and red fruits; creamy in mouth; fleshy and full-bodied. Elegant, with a hint of liquorice; Sichuan pepper. Beautiful finish; smooth, silky tannins.
Château TOURRIL cuvée Panatella 2013 AOP Minervois
Syrah and Grenache
Nose and mouth dominated by strong toasted bread; roasted notes that crush the aromas of black fruit and truffles. Woody presence, but the tannins are velvety. A virile wine!
CLOS LA RIVIÈRE 2013 cuvée Les Schistes de Paul AOP Saint-Chinian
Syrah and Grenache
A bouquet with the best aspects of blackcurrant and ripe rasberries. A suave aromatic complexity in the mouth; fruity; sour cherry with medium spices and dry fruit added, dominated by dried fig. Good finish.