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Château Lascaux Winemaker – Love that Languedoc episode 20

Finally, we taste the wines at Château de Lascaux in English.  We’re accompanied by the winemaker himself, Jean-Benoit Cavalier.  These aren’t his AOC Pic Saint-Loup wines (which we tasted in French), but they still bring a lot to the table.  We talk about wines with love handles and wines that taste like entire baskets of fruit.  Limestone deposits.  Yin yangs.  What didn’t we talk about?  It was a fun show.

The French episodes cover some of the bigger badder wines from Château de Lascaux, and this episode refers to them heavily.  I even retaste Les Pierres d’Argent at one point, eager to see how the two different white wines compare side by side.

The wines:
Château de Lascaux Coteaux Blanc 2006, Château de Lascaux, AOC Coteaux du Languedoc
Château de Lascaux Coteaux Rouge 2007, Château de Lascaux, AOC Coteaux du Languedoc

previously tasted in French:
Les Nobles Pierres 2004
, Château de Lascaux, AOC Pic Saint-Loup
Les Nobles Pierres 2005, Château de Lascaux, AOC Pic Saint-Loup
Les Pierres d’Argent 2005
, Château de Lascaux, AOC Coteaux du Languedoc
Pic Saint-Loup 2007, Château de Lascaux, AOC Pic Saint-Loup

Importer information! If your favorite local restaurant/retailer doesn’t have the wine, give them this link.

Oh and hey, Episode 20! That feels like a landmark.  Next episode: Jean Heritier, our guest from episode 1, comes back and gives us a neat treat and the episode ends with a guessing game!

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Pic Saint-Loup Les Nobles Pierres – Languedoc, je t’aime 19

La fin de notre dégustation dans le Pic Saint-Loup au Château de Lascaux avec Jean-Benoit Cavalier: deux millésime du même vin rouge dans l’AOC Pic Saint-Loup. Très bon! Ceci est la deuxième partie de notre rencontre au Château de Lascaux. Retrouvez la première partie de notre dégustation des vins du Château de Lascaux ici.

Les vins:
Les Nobles Pierres 2004, Château de Lascaux, AOC Pic Saint-Loup
Les Nobles Pierres 2005, Château de Lascaux, AOC Pic Saint-Loup

Notes: Syrah, Grenache blends with something like 18 months in large volume barrels. Le 2004 été ouvert le soir d’avant.

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Visiting Mas Daumas Gassac with Aimé Guibert – Love that Languedoc Ep 18

Thanks for all your patience, Anglophones. I finally edited down the video from my visit with Aime Guibert AND I subtitled it. Some of the subtitles pass by a little bit too quickly, but you can use that pause button to your heart’s content (or watch it a hundred times). I think Aimé is just a fascinating character and I hope the edited down version retains all the charm, humor and tragedy of the original unedited footage of our Daumas Gassac tasting.

You should also note that I take some liberties in the translations. “Ils n’en ont rien à foutre” is somewhere between “They don’t give a shit” and “They don’t give a fuck.” I went with my gut, and my gut was being especially lewd.

Now, our car ride with Aimé was very fun, but we also had a treat waiting for us in the winery where we did a tasting of three Mas Daumas Gassac wines. These are wines that are very hard to taste so young, but very interesting. Over all, I was impressed but I really want to see where the wines go in ten years or so. I guess that’s kind of the magic of Daumas Gassac. Aimé Guibert was one of the first pioneers with the guts to say he could make a vin de pays de l’Herault that was good enough to make people cellar it for at least a decade. Enjoy!

The wines:
Mas Daumas Gassac Rosé Frizant 2008, Mas de Daumas Gassac, Vin de Pays de l’Herault
Mas Daumas Gassac Blanc 2008, Mas de Daumas Gassac, Vin de Pays de l’Herault
Mas Daumas Gassac Rouge 2007, Mas de Daumas Gassac, Vin de Pays de l’Herault

A note on pricing: Gassac is suprisingly affordable if you buy it ahead of time. They make amazing prices for their futures. Whereas, waiting for it to appear in stores, you’ll typically pay upwards of 80 Euros. At the futures prices, you are getting amazing bang for your buck. Another thing… I got some sticker shock from that bubbly rosé at 12€. Not unreasonably priced, but it’s a playful wine and a serious price. Surprised me a tiny bit. But the red and white at the futures prices! Those are awesome.

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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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