languedoc roussillon

2014 Jeff Carrel “Les Darons” Languedoc

Keepin’ it simple with this Languedoc juice! Macerated strawberries, earth, dark fruit, mushrooms, and a pinch of pepper on the nose. Dark plums and blackberries on the palate with a hint of cinnamon. Decent acidity. Not long or super complex, but nice. 

3/5 bones

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Carignan, Grenache, Syrah

13.5% abv

Languedoc-Roussillon, FRANCE

2013 Domaine LaFage Centenaire Côtes du Roussillon

Enjoying some lovely white on a sunny day. Lemon, pear, chalk, and tuffeau notes on the nose. Nice minerality on the palate with lovely pear notes, florals, and a hint of waxiness. Cheers! 

4/5 bones

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Grenache Blanc, Roussanne

13.5% abv

Côtes du Roussillon, FRANCE

2010 M. Chapoutier Agly Brothers B Côtes du Roussillon

Just being a cool fox here with this gem. Blackberries, dark olives, tapenade, some mushrooms, soil, a whiff of burnt ends, and dark cocoa powder on the nose. Full-bodied on the palate with ham hock, olives, and a tart blackberry finish. Really long lingering finish. Pretty in balance until late in the finish where you feel a bit of the alcohol. Almost a New World-esque wine in the Old World! I like!

4/5 bones

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Carignan, Syrah, Grenache

15.5% abv

Côtes du Roussillon, FRANCE

2014 Domaine de Fontsainte Corbières Gris de Gris Rosé

Beautiful salmon color on this rosé from Southern France! White peaches, pink rose blossoms, stone, and a hint of starfruit on the nose. Yummy white peaches, strawberries, underripe cherries, and mango on the palate. Pair with anything from light finger food to Provençal chicken! Cheers to summer! 

4/5 bones

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Grenache Gris, Grenache Noir, Mourvèdre, Carignan, Cinsault

12.5% abv

Corbières (Languedoc-Roussillon), FRANCE

2014 Michel Chapoutier Les Vignes de Bila-Haut Côtes du Roussillon Villages

Having a little fun with this wine. Ripe cherries, black raspberries, violets, spices, and pepper with a hint of jamminess to the fruit on the nose. Raspberries on the palate with a touch of ground beef and pepper. A bit tinny on the finish - a lot more tart on the finish than you’d expect from the attack.

3/5 bones

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Grenache, Syrah, Carignan

14% abv

Côtes du Roussillon Villages, FRANCE

2009 Domaine Leon Barral Faugères

This is some good stuff. Graphite and iron notes are immediately noticeable on the nose. Purple flowers. Red cherries and plums. Cinnamon stick and star anise. A slight cola note. A dusting of white pepper. A hint of black olive. Now onto the palate! This is a very well-constructed wine. Grippy tannins balanced with crisp acidity. Starts with tons of red fruit, which make way for some interesting metallic notes mid-palate. Finishes with white pepper, cinnamon, star anise, and a hint of olive. Complex and delicious.

5/5 bones

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Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre

14% abv

Faugères (Languedoc-Roussillon), FRANCE 

5

Languedoc : Your Next Destination For French Wine Country Luxury

You may be more familiar with Bordeaux or Burgundy, but the Languedoc-Roussillon, bordering Spain and the Mediterranean Sea, is France’s largest wine region. Over the years it’s made the transition from providing the country’s bulk wine, to creating distinctive vintages of great quality. And along with beautiful vineyards and rich historic sites, it also has the luxury hotels and restaurants to make it a perfect wine country vacation. Read more >