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A look at Provence and Languedoc-Roussillon

 


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The Roussillon (and the Côtes du Roussillon in particular) tends to live in the shadow of the Languedoc. While there may not be many producers in the Côtes that routinely appear on my radar, I would be remiss if I did not mention the Clos des Fées, which produces both affordable and very ambitiously priced wines. These all can be quite compelling wines and continue to represent good value. Domaine Gauby has an equally broad range of wines, though its mid-priced wines tend to have crept up in price over the past several vintages. For great values, take a look at Domaine Calvet-Thunevin and Domaine des Soulanes.

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  • I believe Chateau Faugeres (St Emilion) is 350km west of Faugeres AOC

    Apr 18, 2011 at 1:49 PM


  • Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
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    You are of course correct. Over ambitious editing. Thanks for pointing it out.

    Apr 18, 2011 at 2:03 PM


  • Snooth User: Pfificus
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    You are so right about the marvels obtained with Mourvedre in the Bandol appellation. I have been drinking Domaine Tempier since 1965 and still enjoying some seventies and eighties... I would like to add that a great Bandol (red), after a few decades, can taste like a good Pinot Noir (Cotes de Beaune) or a good Cabernet blend (Medoc). Very interesting for blind tastings....
    Pfificus

    Apr 18, 2011 at 2:52 PM


  • Hello There!!!
    Oh....Lucky You!!! I lived for almost Six Years in France,close to Languedoc..in the Minervois!! If You do have the time...You should pay that region a visit,as there Wines are ever so Beautifull..!! So is the Region!! I thank You for all the News!! I do enjoy it every Time very Much and do discover,thanks to You,...lots of New Wines!! Best of regards...a very Big Fan.!!!

    Apr 18, 2011 at 6:22 PM


  • My idea of heaven is driving around Provence and visiting every vineyard that has a tasting room :-) I fell in love with the Mas de Gourgonnier wines on my first trip to the region, and ever since have searched (usually in vain) for them here in the U.S. Their rose is one of the very few that I really like.

    Apr 19, 2011 at 5:35 PM


  • An interesting article and some good wines. But I was surprised that no mention was made of Pic St-Loup, my favourite Languedoc area and the home to some great wines from the likes of Clos Marie and Domaine Cazeneuve, as well as the better known Domaine De L'Hortus. I have always found Pic St-Loup wines to give great value for money, especially if you are a fan of Southern Rhone and Languedoc wines in general.

    May 03, 2011 at 5:41 AM


  • Snooth User: dmcker
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    Good, welcome, survey, Greg, of an area with large volumes of wine across a range of quality levels. Of necessity, broader, rather than deeper, of course. Found myself wanting more info on actual wines within each region. Any plans to drill down on each area in more detail, with tasting notes included?

    Frankly, I also still find this slideshow format a pain-in-you-know-where, especially in overviews like this where I want to read quickly through larger volumes of info. I assume your sales dept. wants to show more clickthroughs and 'conversion' from the site, but it is a disservice to your readership. Put the labels and info into an oldschool article format and I, for one, would read you more....

    May 04, 2011 at 9:55 PM


  • Snooth User: dmcker
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    Oh yeah, and thanks for letting the cat out of the bag about Domaine du Mas Blanc... ;-(

    May 04, 2011 at 9:58 PM


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