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Grenache Day – Harvesting Grenache in the south of France

You’re thinking to yourself, Ryan only posts aggregated updates these days.  Well, I have long dreamed for the day when I can just sit back and feature the brilliant multimedia buffet of other wine producers in the Languedoc-Roussillon.  And around harvest time, it seems all the blogs, youtubes, flickers, facebooks, twitters, etc. come back to life.  People are posting absolutely amazing content all around the south of France and I am here to bring you my highlights.

And this post will be about Grenache, because today is International Grenache Day, as determined by the Grenache Symposium which Love That Languedoc covered extensively.  This day is devoted to Grenache in all its forms, blanc, gris, noir, whether it be sweet or dry.  It can even call itself Garnacha and walk around wooing the girls with its thick Spanish accent and Mediterranean flair.  It can also sometimes go as Garnatxa, Ґарнача, Cannonau, グルナッシュ, ренаш, and גרנאש.  It’s no surprise that the grape has a name in every language seeing as how it’s the most planted red grape on earth, and it surely would have won “Most likely to succeed” in its high school superlatives.  That is if Grenache weren’t such a cool dude who almost never gets credit for his work.  He stays behind the scenes, making the wine world go round and he is cool with that.

But not today.  People have decided that we are going to make a big deal and throw an International parade for #Grenache.  And hoorah!

It’s harvest time and I’m super busy, but I wanted to assemble some of my favorite Grenache-related posts for you from the Languedoc Roussillon.  Enjoy!  And open a bottle of Grenache!


This is the Grenache coming off the sorting table at Domaine Gayda. Gayda is also the home of Vinécole which had a big Grenache Day bash today.

And here is footage from Vinecole’s actual Grenache Day brut de cuve tasting!  It’s several youtube videos in a play list, so you can watch them all in one go.

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Finding the Grenache Gris at Domaine Jones can be a task in itself.  I think this is one of those vineyards where the gris is planted here and there amidst the grenache noir.

really excited french guy harvesting at mas de l'ecriture

I’m not actually sure if this is a Grenache harvest, but it’s at Mas de l’Ecriture and they definitely do have delicious Grenache.  Judging by the look on this guy’s face, it’s coming in really well this year!



Roadside in the Roussillon. This video from les vignerons de Trémoine is 100% honest, showing some Grenache Blanc and Grenache Gris coming in together on the trailer.



A little over edited for my tastes, but I love the effort to bring the whole Domaine Sainte Rose harvest to you in a short video. Although, hold the uninspired indie music please. Thank you.

And here’s a link to more 2010 harvest fun in the South of France. Enjoy a bottle of Grenache with some friends!

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Réduire l’Alcool des Vins Issus de Grenache – Les Viticulteurs du Symposium du Grenache Offrent des Solutions

Le Premier Symposium International du Grenache a rassemblé beaucoup d’experts et j’ai eu l’opportunité de capter une des interventions où on a adressé un sujet très important pour le marché Français et pour le Grenache en particulier: la question du niveau d’alcool.

Pour les lecteurs du site qui ne sont pas initiés, le Grenache est un cépage qui peut accumuler beaucoup de sucre et atteindre des niveaux de maturité assez élevés. Et la tendance dans certains pays comme la France et le Royaume Uni encourage les vignerons de faire des vins plus léger en alcool.

Donc il est normal que le sujet sur l”alcool soit adressé au symposium.

On entend un peu de tout. Il y a des méthodes pour extraire l’alcool du vin et il est aussi suggéré qu’on peut simplement vendanger plus tôt. La question de l’importance des phénoliques est soulevé.  Tout cela est très intéressant pour le geek du vin.

Ma solution favorite est peut-être de verser un centimètre de moins dans chaque verre de vin pour arriver a un taux d’alcool plus modéré!

On fait beaucoup de manières mais peut-être cette dernière solution toute simple va apaiser le client qui veut éviter de trop boire tout en laissant le vigneron libre de faire le meilleur vin possible, même si son vin comporte un taux d’alcool un peu plus important.  Est-ce que cette idée fera trembler le blogosphère autant que la suggestion de Philippe Gimel sur le blog de Miss Glouglou de se mettre à table avec un crachoir à chaque repas?

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Cork’d Loves that Languedoc-Roussillon – Jon Troutman covers the Grenache Symposium

It was fun to meet Cork’d Content editor Jon Troutman in real life at the Grenache Symposium in the south of France. We’ve had lots of virtual run-ins because Cork’d works with my family’s wines, but it’s always nice to meet IRL. I’m happy to see he’s still talking about some of the great Languedoc and Roussillon wines that were being showcased at the Symposium.

I promise I’ll visit Richard Case at Domaine Pertuisane and show you some of his old vines, all planted on stoney slopes that produce some of the best Maury I’ve ever tasted.   Case compares to even the top cuvées from my friend at Calvet-Thunevin, also producing in Maury, and I’m always happy to discover another great estate in the area.  The focus on this wine is power, extraction and density.  VERY interesting wine.

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Winemakers address the longevitiy of Grenache at Grenache Symposium – Love That Languedoc Episode 62

Here we have one of TWO epic panel of winemakers at the Grenache Symposium held in the Rhone last week. The Q&A can get a little dry at times, but I think some of you will appreciate it. If it gets too technical, feel free to fast forward through the video to see other people talk.

I think the most interesting thing about this footage is that it shows the huge amount of knowledge and detail that went into the Symposium. This was not a fluff-oriented conference. We had a group that truly understands the strengths and challenges facing Grenache grapes around the world. If anything, posting video from the Symposium is making me realize that we need to do a sort of entry-level translation for people who just like wine. More on this to follow.

The people who talk in this video include:
Ray O’Connor, wine writer of the year and my name nemesis, asks “What is the ageability of Grenache as a single varietal and as a blend?”
Randall Grahm, winemaker at Bonny Doon, answers by talking about the hidden power of Grenache
Vincent Avril, of Clos des Papes, gets into some of the details about blended Grenache in Chateauneuf du Pape
Chester Osborn, from d’Arenberg, talks about how Grenache responds to vintages in Australia
Eben Sadie, from Terroir Al Limit Soc. Lda and Sequillo Cellars, talks about making single estate Grenache in Priorat and South Africa and the challenges involved in single varietal Grenache and ripeness
Philippe Cambie, winemaker in Chateauneuf du Pape and around the south of France, talks about the effect of fermenting with stems versus destemming
Hervé Bizeul asks about the proper level of volatile acids in a good grenache and a great grenache
Cambie coyly answers that the good level is the one you have when you finish fermenting, wherever it is.
Tim Atkin asks if there is any place in the world where Grenache should be grown where it is not already grown
Cambie coyly answers “In my garden.”

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