Jan
10

Spotlight on Languedoc-Roussillon: La Peira Deusyls 2005

In my last write up of La Peira I intimated that this winery was one of the stars of the Languedoc, but deferred my reasons for saying so. No longer.

Jan
3

Spotlight on Languedoc-Roussillon: La Peira “Las Flors” 2005 Coteaux du Languedoc

Robert Parker is famous for turning back-water wineries into international superstars overnight, regardless of pedigree or old-school reputation. All that is needed are three simple digits. This has understandably made

Dec
19

Spotlight on Languedoc-Roussillon: Chateau de la Negly “La Falaise” Coteaux du Languedoc La Clape 2006

As I finally move into the Languedoc I am happy to begin with Chateau Negly, perhaps the most well recognized and important producers in the Languedoc. But Negly’s importance comes

Dec
2

Spotlight on Languedoc-Roussillon: Domaine Canet-Valette Saint-Chinian “Maghani” 2004

Today’s wine is an altogether different creature than the Minervois I looked at a few days ago. It is also a great showcase for different trends in the modern leaders

Nov
28

Spotlight on Languedoc-Roussillon: Vignoble de Loup Blanc “La Mere Grand” 2004 Minervois

Minervois is one of the best known regions in all of the Languedoc-Roussillon, and still most people have never heard of it. Sitting about 50 miles north of Roussillon, the

Nov
21

Spotlight on Languedoc-Roussillon: Domaine Gauby Vieille Vignes Blanc 2005

Gauby’s old-vine white is an intriguing blend of white Carignan, Grenache Blanc, Grenache Gris, Chardonnay and Macabau. Gauby grows this mix of Spanish and French grapes with fervent non-interventionist methods

Nov
9

Spotlight on Languedoc-Roussillon: Domaine Gauby ‘Muntada’ Cotes du Roussillon Villages 2004

Gauby may be the leading producer not only in Roussillon but in the entire Languedoc-Rousillon region. The domaine is fully biodynamic, but more importantly Gauby is fanatical about hard pruning,

Nov
7

Spotlight on Languedoc-Roussillon: Clot de L’Oum La Compagnie des Papillons 2005

If Roussillon is sometimes known for overtly heady, viscous wines, then the Clot de L’oum would speak of a different place. This is a wine that conspires to offer the

Nov
2

Spotlight on Languedoc-Roussillon: Clos des Fees Grenache Blanc Vieilles Vignes 2004

White wines in Languedoc-Roussilllon are little known and little produced. Despite this, several producers are making truly outstanding whites at very reasonable prices – whites with personality, expressivity and a

Oct
31

Spotlight on Languedoc-Roussillon: Clos Des Fees Vieilles Vignes Cotes du Rousillon Village 2003 and 2004

The Languedoc-Roussillon has been getting attention as a good value region for a few years now. Despite this attention, the wines remain relatively unknown and, accordingly, often retain very good