South of France

A look at Provence and Languedoc-Roussillon

 


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Provence

Provence is best known for its wonderful weather, great cuisine, fabulous lifestyle and the wines that complete that picture. In many cases, these tend to be wonderful Rosés and some very attractive, if not particularly cellar-worthy reds, but that does not mean that there are no likely candidates for the savvy cellarer.

Provence’s wine region is pretty broad, but the small appellation at the extreme western edge of the region, Les Baux-de-Provence, is undoubtedly the star of the region for cellarable wines. It’s located quite close to Avignon and as such, can almost be considered as an adjunct to the wines of the Southern Rhône. Two producers in particular: Domaine de Trévallon (whose eponymous red is a surprising blend of nearly equal portions of Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah) and the Mas de Gourgonnier (whose wines more resemble those of the Southern Rhône with its mix of Grenache, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Carignan, Cinsault and Mourvèdre) are true standouts in the region, producing wines that have established an enviable track record in the cellar.

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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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