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Christmas Blind Wine Tasting – Love that Languedoc Ep 16

Happy Holidays!!!  We did a blind tasting of our stocking stuffers (delicious Languedoc reds).

I woke up to find my stockings full of delicious Languedoc wine.  We keep the bottles in their stockings and do a blind tasting with the family.  It was really exciting.  I was very happy with how great both wines tasted.  One of them stumped me really hard even though I tasted it just two weeks ago, but that’s the beauty of blind tasting.

The wines:
Cuvée Saturne 2005, Domaine Virgile Joly, AOC Languedoc
Gravieres De Sancastel 2006
, Domaine des Homs, AOC Minervois

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Toques & Gewürztraminer: Innovation in Aude – Love that Languedoc Ep. 14

Jean Heritier, Director of the Chamber of Agriculture, dropped by with a couple white wines that represent the spirit of revitalization of the region.

We taste Toques et Clochers, a wine that Sieur d’Arques organizes a big old auction around each and every year. The proceeds of the auction goes to rennovate an old churchtower somewhere in the area. Nice spirit of revitalization in the Languedoc and all based around wine and celebration.

We also taste an experimental growth of Gewürztraminer being grown at the experimental domaine managed by the Chamber of Agriculture. It’s not quite the same as when Alsace grows them, but full of potential. Unfortunately, it’s been open a whole day and it tastes suboptimal. We tasted it freshly for a French episode that will be uploaded soon. And we talk about the differences after being open a whole day.

This is ironically a really sleeepy video from my dad and me. We could use some revitalizing ourselves. Working hard to bring this blog to you. Tasting wines and taking names!

The Wines:
Toques & Clochers Haute-Vallée 2007, Sieur d’Arques, AOC Limoux
Experimental Gewürztraminer Sample 2007, Domaine de Cazes, Unclassified wine experiment

See also:
Chambre d’Agriculture de l’Aude
Flickr Fest
This French Life
La Pèira

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Virgile’s Vineyard with Virgile Joly – Love that Languedoc ep. 12

I got to meet Virgile Joly at his eponymous Domaine and it was a lot of fun. He is of course the titular winemaker in Virgile’s Vineyard by Patrick Moon. But more than that, he’s a dude who cares about the wine he’s making. We taste three reds in this episode and I refer to the whites a little (that episode will be uploaded soon).

What’s remarkable to me is that the Cuvées actually mean something here. A lot of the time you see a winemaker has his Cuvée Expensive and a Cuvée Affordable and there’s no real relationship between the red and white in the Cuvée Affordable (other than price). Here, I feel like the red Saturne and white Saturne had more in common than the red Virgile and red Saturne. That is a lot of fun to see.

On another note, I unintentionally created a themed week where we visited three different organic vineyards. Pretty wild coincidence since the numbers were just released that the Languedoc Roussillon is now France’s number one spot for organically grown wine grapes! All the articles I’m reading on the subject are in French, but I’m sure the news will leak into the Anglophone world soon. If it doesn’t, I’ll translate it.

But this is all sort of tangential. Virgile Joly produces good wine and it happens to be organic. He explains in this episode that he’s been growing and thinking organic for a long time. And adopting the certification is just sort of a necessary step he had to take when all these ridiculously unwholesome winemakers started calling themselves organic growers.

What’s important is his dedication to the idea of making good, expressive wines.

PS – there was a technical snafu at the end, but we overcome. …And then we were invaded by Virgile’s adorable children who are coincidentally named after famous conquering Emperors.

The wines:
Cuvée Joly Rouge, Domaine Virgile Joly, AOC Languedoc
Cuvée Saturne, Domaine Virgile Joly, AOC Languedoc
Cuvée Virgile, Domaine Virgile Joly, AOC Coteaux du Languedoc

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Domaine Saint-Martin feat. My Parents – Episode 6 Love that Languedoc

My parents and I sit in front of the fireplace a la Masterpiece Theater to taste a couple of red wines from Vin de Pays de la Cité de Carcassonne. I actually have very little information about the wines and I’ll update this post later with the details. For the time being, watch the video! We also talk a bit about our upcoming Flickr Fest. And there’s a guest appearance from our doggy at the end. And we don’t eat anything that tastes like a goat.

Oh and I almost forgot. We talk about International blog law. Between the FTC’s new rules about blogger disclosure and France’s loi evin concerning government warnings about the health risks of alcohol consumption, we get to complain a bit about the man.

The wines:
Domaine Saint-Martin 2008, Domaine Saint-Martin, Vin de Pays de la Cité de Carcassonne
Merci! 2008, Domaine Saint-Martin, Vin de Pays de la Cité de Carcassonne

See also:
Marselan is a grape varietal hybrid, a cross of Cabernet Sauvignon and Grenache. The Merci! is 100% of that crazy hybrid.

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