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A look at Provence and Languedoc-Roussillon

 


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Coteaux du Languedoc

Moving farther to the west, and in many ways into territory more aligned with Southern Rhône, one passes from Provence to the Languedoc. Here there are small appellations of distinction spread out among the edges of the core of the region, the Coteaux du Languedoc. The Languedoc-Roussillon region has recently moved to regional denomination, so all the wines of the region are entitled to the appellation Languedoc. The appellation Coteaux du Languedoc is a subregion of the Languedoc and within the Coteaux one will eventually find wines from specific villages with its own appellations, but for today we can make do with the subregions.

This is a rather large and complex region, with wines based on a minimum of 50% Syrah, Grenache and Mourvèdre with Cinsault and Carignan. The subregions have even stricter rules, usually requiring a greater percentage of Syrah, Grenache and/or Mourvèdre. The undoubted stars of the region include the Clos des Truffiers and Château de la Negly, though values abound! Look for Domaine Mas de Martin, Château Puech-Haut and my favorite, Mas des Chimères.

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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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