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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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Hervé Bizeul addresse la confiance des producteurs de Grenache

Hervé Bizeul a parlé sur le sujet de la confiance des producteurs de Grenache au premier Symposium International du Grenache. Si nous voulons vraiment promouvoir un cépage comme le Grenache, Il exige que nous soyons nous-même convaincus que les vins issus de Grenache méritent l’attention Internationale.

Nous ne devons pas être complexés. Il faut réaliser que nous faisons de grands vins.

Hervé mentionne également qu’il est impossible de créer un “vin culte”. Ceci est vraiment difficile puisque le statut culte vient non seulement de la qualité d’un vin mais aussi d’une passion qui saisit un certain nombre d’amateurs de vin et crée une demande qui surpasse la disponibilité du vin. Ce n’est pas facile à synthétiser ce genre de phénomène.

Il vaut donc mieux s’appliquer à créer de grands vins en espérant que le publique sera aussi convaincu que nous! Le grenache peut être bon. Il est déjà bon. Faisons de lui un cépage encore meilleur!

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Applying lessons from the Grenache Symposium – Grenache and Carignan in the Languedoc-Roussillon

I’m going to be posting a lot more footage from the International Grenache Symposium in the days that follow, but I wanted to give you a taste of the effects the Symposium had on some of its attendees.

Shortly after the Symposium’s closing remarks, Robert Joseph (who was an active panelist this weekend) was moderating a Sud de France Export round table discussion on innovation in the Languedoc-Roussillon. And when John Bojanowski of Clos du Gravillas talked about breathing life into neglected varietals like Carignan, Robert Joseph was quick to apply some of the Symposium’s lessons.

I think this is really cool because it shows that the discussions at the Grenache Symposium weren’t just for show. They put ideas in the air that we will take with us for a long time and apply to all sorts of obstacles.

More to follow! Lots of videos from the Grenache Symposium and this Sud de France round table (including the rest of Bojanowski’s presentation)

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