Pays d'Oc Event Recap

A tasting event full of some delicious wines

 


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Varieties of Today

As with the Chardonnay of the region, many producers here have turned to Cabernet and even more so Merlot as their flagship wines in hopes of finding a niche in the marketplace. With fine terroir and a warm, dry climate both varieties have proven to be well suited to the region.  The 2009 Domaine de Larzac Merlot ($11) was ripe, fresh and distinctly red fruited. A crisp, easy drinking expression of the grape that will thrill many consumers.
 
Taking advantage of the warm, dry climate is one of Gilles Louvet’s goals, and by farming organically he has shown he has what it takes to succeed.  His 2010 O By Gilles Louvet Cabernet Sauvignon ($12) is another fresh example of Bordeaux varieties planted in the Pays d’Oc, offering more red fruit along with a lovely sense of clarity on the palate. At right around $12 a bottle it makes a compelling argument for both the region and the benefits of organic farming.

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