Posts tagged: herve bizeul

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.”

Related Posts:

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!

Related Posts:

International Grenache Symposium – How is the Languedoc-Roussillon involved?

I was going to try to summarize the events of the Symposium, but there are a few problems with that plan.

  1. Too mcuh grenache-drinking tasting
  2. too little Internet time
  3. and Herve Bizeul, super blogger has already done it

Herve, the legendary winemaker at Clos des Fees, has one of the best wine blogs in France, and it’s certainly my favorite French-language winemaker blog.  Of course, his summary’s in French.  Live with it.  When I get home, I’ll try to do my own run-down of each panel as he has.  But for now, I just want to highlight his work because he’s a beast of a blogger.  SIX posts in one day covering every single discussion in every single panel.

In the meantime, I’ve managed to upload the start of the ceremonies presented by Walter MacKinley, Steven Spurrier, and Michel Bettane.  There’s something to be said for old fashioned typed out blogs with words in them instead of hours of unedited video. ;D

On that note, I guess I can pontificate a bit on how the Languedoc-Roussillon fits into this Grenache Symposium.  Obviously, we have some stellar Grenache.  The grape’s origins haven’t been PROVEN, but people pretty much agree that it’s from Catalan country which means that Roussillon and Catalonya are some of the oldest producers of this incredibly versatile grape.

And thankfully, we’re not just resting on our laurels as the first.  Guys like Bizeul and Gauby are still raising the bar for what can be accomplished with this grape in our region.  It’s days like this that I remind everybody that my show should really be called Love that Languedoc-Roussillon (but that’s not quite as catchy a URL).

And how do we fit into the global picture?  Well, this symposium is coming up with some pretty stellar ideas.  Projects range from long-term research and marketing that need major funds to stuff that we’re probably going to do next weekend.  Chain mails to all our restaurant friends threatening to curse their household unless they start serving our favorite varietal at the right temperature.  Organization of International Grenache Day parades where everybody wears shirts as loud as their favorite Grenache.  Crazy stuff. Fun stuff.  And if we want to remain a pertinent region, we have to be there at every step of the process.

When somebody gets a crazy chain letter about the serving temperature of Grenache, I want the word Languedoc-Roussillon to be in it.  And that means playing ball with all these other regions and getting motivated to actually talk about our wines.  We can’t leave it up to me and Herve Bizeul.  We need lots of people out there talking about the stellar wines produced here.

Everybody is already impressed with our showing at the symposium.  Tim Atkins did a shout out to the Roussillon.  Mas Amiel has been flaunting their vin doux.  Lionel Gauby is totally unpretentious as he moves through the crowd at the symposium.  My friends at Oustal Blanc showed what we can do with every color of Grenache at the Sud de France lunch on Friday. Now we just need to tell the whole world about ourselves. That’s all. :)

The future of Grenache is very bright. And I want the Languedoc-Roussillon to share in that grape varietal’s glorious future.

Related Posts:

WordPress Themes