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Buvons En Coup Ensemble (BUCE) – Minervois & Corbieres

Nadine Franjus-Adenis stands in front of a giant screen with her profile on itIn 2011, I wrote about the Université de la Vigne et du Vin extensively on my vineyard’s blog.  It’s a fantastic conference organized and operated by locals in Aude, and we’re very lucky to have this kind of initiative homegrown in our own backyard.

While the Universite de la Vigne et du Vin tries to bring challenging speakers to the area to make presentations in a somewhat academic format, the organizers also host follow-up events in a more casual format called “Buvons un coup ensemble”.  Two events with the BUCE format are coming up this Friday, one for the Corbieres and one for the Minervois.

The theme is:

« Communiquer, vendre et réussir sur le Net
Concret, efficace et pas cher !!»

So, communication and online sales.  I’ll try to keep my opinions entertaining and short.  And the other speaker noted in the invitations is Francois Druel

The date is Friday January 20, 2012

The time is 9h30-13h30 for Corbieres at the CIVL in Narbonne

The time is 18h00-20h30 for Minervois at the Château St Jacques d’Albas in Laure-Minervois

Corbieres BUCE details

Minervois BUCE details

I’ll be there with bells on.  If you’re reading this, then you’re already involved with the Internet to some degree and I highly encourage you to come to one of these events.


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Changer l’Aude en Vin – Avril 26 2010 à Carcassonne

I just got my invite to this year’s Changer l’Aude en Vin (there is a pun here with the French phrase for turning water into wine). I first saw the flier in Jean Baptiste and Charlotte Sénat’s winery and it’s unsurprising that they’re at the heart of this gathering. Fifteen winemakers are gathering in the Cité de Carcassonne for a cool grassroots tasting. At least I’m guessing it’ll be a little more DIY than your average wine salon. The flyers are printed like punk posters and Sénat has a rebellious vibe. I look forward to seeing what happens.

And if 15 hand-picked Aude winemakers isn’t enough to draw you to the event, the pot has been sweetened this year. They’ve invited 5 organic producers from the Marne to show off some of their Chamagnes. Sénat never misses a pun and redubs the event “Changer l’Aube en Vin”. I’m not really sure why they added Champagne this year, but I wouldn’t be surprised if it was just for the pun. :D

So a Love That Languedoc rarity, we’ll be talking champagne.

On a related note, I really wish I had been able to attend the Treloar art expo opening a couple weeks back. Hopefully a few of my readers had a chance to swing by the event and taste some wine and see some art. I like all the winemaker initiatives going on in the region. Gives me a lot of hope!

Je viens de recevoir mon invitation “Changer l’Aude en Vin 2010″,  un rassemblement sur la Cité de Carcassonne de 15 vignerons Audois, tous certifiés ou en conversion vers l’Agricutlure Biologique. Une réunion qui devrait attirer beaucoup d’attention.

Cela fait du bien de voir des efforts comme celui-ci initiés et organisés pars les vignerons. Entre “Changer l’Aude en Vin”, l’exposition d’art organisée par le Domaine Treloar plus tôt dans l’année, et d’autres évènements, j’ai de grands espoirs pour les vignerons du Languedoc Roussillon.

Participating producers from Aude:

Domaine l’Arbousier
AOC Corbières

Clos de l’Anhel
AOC Corbières

Domaine Benjamin Taillandier
AOC Minervois

Mas des Caprices
AOC Fitou

Domaine de Cazaban
AOC Cabardès

Domaine Les Enfants Sauvages (is this in Aude?)
VDP Cotes Catalanes

Domaine Ledogar
AOC Corbières

Domaine Les Hautes Terres
AOC Limoux

Domaine Hegarty Chamans
AOC Minervois

Domaine Jean Baptiste Sénat
AOC Minervois

Vignoble du Loup Blanc
AOC Minervois

Domaine Maxime Magnon
AOC Corbières

Le Mas de Mon Père
AOC Malpère

Chateau Pech Redon
AOC La Clape

Domaine Remi Jalliet
AOC Corbières

Invited producers from Marne:

Champagne Benoit Lahaye
Champagne David Léclapart
Champagne Frison de Marne
Champagne Pierre Gerbais
Champagne Vouette-et-Sorbée

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Domaine Baillat et les WOOFers – Languedoc, je t’aime Episode 57

Je visite Christian Baillat au Domaine Baillat dans le Corbières. Nous dégustons un rosé et un rouge brut de cuve 2009. L’interview est en français. Le reste des vins du Domaine Baillat sont dégustés avec un commentaire en anglais.

C’est un beau domaine en pente avec un vigneron qui traite ses vignes comme un petit jardin. L’entretien de ses vignes montrent son côté soigneux. Par exemple, il est patient avec une jeune parcelle qui a subi un stress hydrique en 2009. On doit la surveiller, et elle aura du retard, mais elle s’en sortira. Il parle de ses selections massales avec des coupures de Bernard Peugot dans le Côte Rôtie. Il parle aussi de la distance des centres nucléaires et des lignes électriques de haute tension. Il se retrouve vraiment dans la nature pour faire un produit vrai et naturel.

Participent également à cet interview des jeunes WOOFers qui travaillent au Domaine pour une courte durée afin de faire l’experience en viticulture et en vinification. C’est un programme très interessant.

Les vins:
Domaine Baillat Rosé 2009, Domaine Baillat, Appellation Corbières Controlée
Brut de cuve 2009, Domaine Baillat, brut qui passera en “Domaine Baillat Rouge 2009″
Clos de la Miro, Domaine Baillat, Appellation Corbières Controlée
Cuvée Emilien 2008, Domaine Baillat, Appellation Corbières Controlée

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WWOOFing at Domaine Baillat – Love That Languedoc episode 56

I visited Christian Baillat in the Corbieres who makes some excellent natural wines.  He also gave his wwoofers a chance to appear in the episode, and we talk a little about this unique way to travel the world and experience agricultural lifestyles.

The wine is really great and I explore a side of the Corbieres that we haven’t really seen on the blog yet.  It’s a rustic setting, but no rusticity in the wine.  Instead of playing on those barnyard qualities, there’s some smooth red fruit and a good bit of structure.  I could easily confuse some of his top cuvées with wine from my own area in the Cabardes.

And Christian Baillat is a cool guy with a sort of spiritualist, hippy vibe to him.  He believes in natural winemaking and treating the plants with the respect that every living organism deserves.  I don’t think he’s certified biodynamic, but he sounds like he believes in that fanatical level of micromanagement with a pince of magic.  He treats his vineyard more like a native-plant garden than a monoculture.

If you want a taste of the life of a winemaker, wwoofing is a very interesting way to do it.  You volunteer to work for a little less than full time and you get lodged and fed and wined.  And then you have time to visit the countryside or go to town ocassionally.  It’s really neat.  Look it up.  Or email me about it.  WWOOFing is technically an organic program and only works with certifiied organic growers.  If you don’t care about organic or have other specifications, you should email me and I’ll put you in touch with people who like to do this kind of thing.

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