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28 July 2015


Prime real estate, pretty middle of nowhere 
somewhere near Aniane, Languedoc.

My 2015 Languedoc special report is now available as part of a massive French wine e-magazine HERE
Here are the highlights then of what's grabbed my attention, for better or worse, in this year's Languedoc special report:
Four-page feature on Limoux sparkling wines (Blanquette and Crémant: "Always one of my favourite 'activities' in any Languedoc tasting or trip..."), whites and reds including profiles and notes on: Paul Mas, Martinolles, Taudou, Antech, Guinot, Sieur d'Arques and Rives-Blanques among others.
Thoughts on (and critique of) Languedoc AOP reds and whites with dozens of recommended wines, and a Rosé round up with RMJ's pick of 2014 vintage Languedoc pinks from across the entire region (over 30 very nice rosés).
Minervois La Livinière: "What's the story then in Minervois' darling little sub-appellation?" (sensitive producers hold on to your hats...) plus my pick of Minervois whites mostly the very good 2014 vintage: "There's as much, if not more fun to be had trying the surprising white wines from this red-dominant region..."
Cabardès: "I can't say I've ever got too excited about the reds from this lesser-known region lying to the north of Carcassonne, except for the same three or four very reliable estates. But this year... something's happened." A dozen hot red and rosé tips for something different...
A dozen Fitou reds 2011 to 2014 vintages, and a profile on Domaine Grand Guilhem.
Corbières profile: Domaine du Grand Crès plus other "premium" Corbières red and rosé tips.
Clairette de Languedoc: "One of those quirky 'why-not' sub-appellations built on the probably deserves-more-attention Clairette white variety..."
Ten 2014 vintage Picpoul de Pinet "worth a go priced between €5 to €8..." and ideas for "visiting one of the oyster farms cluttering up the Thau lagoon..."
Half-a-dozen Terrasses du Larzac reds sampled al fresco including two favourites Mas Brunet and La Réserve d'O, as well as an overview and comments on this 'cru' sub-appellation and profiles on Château des Crès Ricards and Clos du Prieur.
Pic Saint Loup: a handful of tasty 2013 reds and 2014 rosés with their "trendy prices"...
Faugères: two-page feature on this exciting region including words and reviews on Domaines Prés Lasses, des Trinités, du Causse Noir, du Météore, l'Arbussele and du Fenouillet.
Saint-Chinian: some delicious reds from Château du Prieuré des Mourgues, Château La Dournie and Hecht & Bannier, plus several great rosés recommended.
Languedoc & Roussillon négociant profile: Calmel & Joseph from Languedoc white to Vieux Carignan and a couple of Roussillon reds...


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