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8 Languedoc Roussillon Winemakers from the Great Beyond

ViniSud is coming up soon, a huge trade fair with a massive amount of Mediterranean wines. I gather that a lot of Love That Languedoc readers might be in attendance this year. If it’s your first time at ViniSud, it’s easy to get lost in the shuffle. So I’ve been writing some lists and guides to help newcomers navigate ViniSud.

This is one of those lists. And since all the producers also Love That Languedoc, I thought I’d go ahead and put them on this site instead of the O’Vineyards blog.

The Outsiders

I belong to The Outsiders, a group of winemakers in the region who all originate from elsewhere.  A lot of us are presenting at ViniSud.  We’re doing an event together at the Pavilion 2.0 on Monday afternoon and Tuesday morning.  So those are great opportunities to taste our wines in one place.

More about the Pavilion 2.0 tastings on Monday and Tuesday.  RSVP on Facebook

And if you miss those events or just want to delve deeper into one of our members in particular, here’s a list with stand numbers and a wine they’ll be showcasing, explained by the winemakers themselves.  Enjoy!

Pinacle Syrah 2002 – Domaine de Sainte Rose
Cotes de Thongue – Hall 1, stand A8
Ten years ago, we moved to France, bought a vineyard, set up two businesses and started a family all at the same time!  To remind ourselves never to try and do that again all at once we have released a rather special wine from that first, rather stressful vintage!  Come and visit us at Vinisud and you can try the very exclusive, bottle aged 2002 Pinacle Syrah.  It is a huge wine, made with our real blood, sweat and tears and it is a living testimony that Languedoc wines can and do age well!

Occitania 2010 by Rives Blanques
Limoux – Hall 9, Aisle A, Stand 70

Occitania 2010,  the only 100% barrel-vinified Mauzac in the Limoux appellation.   We are particularly partial to this wine, maybe because we drank up the whole of the first vintage ourselves – nobody else would even taste it, let alone buy it.  Happy to say, the wine now sells out every year.   Mauzac is an old, traditional grape variety that has been growing in Limoux for over 600 years, used for Blanquette, the region’s famous fizz.   We have set aside two (organic) hectares of uncloned 50-year old vines for Occitania, and we’ll have a bottle of the latest vintage with us on at 9A70.

Domaine Jones Blanc 2010 by Domaine Jones
Roussillon – Hall 11, Aisle D, Stand 64 (Tuesday only!!)

The new vintage of Jones blanc 2011 has been desperate to get out and show itself off to the world.  Up Until now I have kept it back to mature and mellow just that little bit longer but on Tuesday the 21 st February I can hold it no longer and the Jones blanc Grenache Gris 2011 will be revealed to the world (or at least visitors to Vinisud).

Cuvée Henri 2008 by Château de Combebelle
Saint Chinian – Hall 9, Stand 9C18

For the first time, we will be presenting a magnum of 2008 “Cuvée Henri” (only like 150 produced). Made exclusively from a single vineyard on the estate and aged in 500l barrels for 2 years, this wine reflects our intensity and passion!  The bottle commemorates the birth of Henri into our family and a further addition to the family named Hugo may also be present (depending on its drinkability at the time!)  That is another single vineyard wine made exclusively from 70 year old Grenache.

Grand Vin Rouge 2008 by Château d’Anglès
La Clape – Hall 8 Aisle C, Stand 69

While Eric Fabre worked Cabernet and Merlot at Château Lafite Rothschild, he was dreaming of growing some Mourvèdre by the Mediterranean sea.  We will launch at Vinisud our Grand Vin 2008 which is our prestige red wine made for the first time of a majority of Mourvèdre! The former island terroir of La Clape gives to this Mourvèdre an amazing silky tannin structure, a savory balance and an incredible length. This new vintage will wear a new skin for the occasion : come have a chat with Eric and Vianney and taste!

Felgaria 2009 by Domaine de Cébène
Faugères – Hall 9, Aisle A, Stand 30

Brigitte Chevalier, this relatively neophyte winemaker, achieved both critical and competitive acclaim for the very first vintage at her Domaine de Cébène vineyard in Faugères. Being a woman in the übermasculine winemaking field makes her exploit even more notable. At Vinisud, taste her “Felgaria” 2009. The high proportion of Mourvèdre on schist soil makes this wine unique: she manages to master the masculine character of this impetuous varietal and crafts apowerful yet svelte wine full of grace. The balance between Yin and Yang.

Motus by Domaine Treloar
Cotes du Roussillon – Hall 6 Aisle C Stand 12 (Tuesday Afternoon ONLY)

This is my wine that is the most respected by connoisseurs and probably the biggest seller from the winery but has never had a high rating from a professional critic with most of them “Not getting it”. I don’t know if it’s because it is Mourvedre and they don’t really know what to expect or because it is labelled Cotes du Roussillon and doesn’t taste like other Cotes du Roussillons. Come and taste the Motus and tell me what you think.  If you can’t catch them Tuesday afternoon, the wine will be on tasting in the Palais Mediterranée for the entirety of the fair.

O’MG 2011 by O’Vineyards
Cité de Carcassonne – Hall 1 Aisle B Stand 21

While my parents have built a reputation around our estate wines at O’Vineyards, I’ve been building another kind of business on the side; I’m going to be able to start selling my neighbors’ wines abroad in addition to our own.  So this year we’re launching our first négociant cuvée.  A close collaboration between O’Vineyards and an estate on the other side of Carcassonne to make our new wine: O’MG.  The goal is to make a jaw dropping wine at a jaw dropping price so that people will say O M G.

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Languedoc Outsiders Wine Tasting

Meet the Languedoc Outsiders, a group of winemakers who have all fallen head over heels for Languedoc Roussillon wines.  And for the sake of full disclosure: I’m a happy member of the group.

Last year, the Languedoc Outsiders held a successful tasting event at Sud de France’s Maison du Languedoc Roussillon in London.  And now the group is coming home to do a tasting in our own back yard.  The group’s Montpellier tasting is going to be Chez Boris in the centreville of Montpellier

languedoc outsiders invitation to Montpellier wine tasting

Those readers who have been following the group closely probably notice that there are some changes in the roster.  The new additions are Vella Frontera (Roussillon) and Domaine Sainte Rose (Cotes de Thongue).

Domaine Cébène www.cebene.fr
Domaine Jones www.domainejones.com
Chateau de Combebelle www.combebelle.com
O’Vineyards www.ovineyards.com
Mas Gabriel www.mas-gabriel.com
Mas des Dames www.masdesdames.fr
Chateau Rives-Blanques www.rives-blanques.com
Domaine Treloar www.domainetreloar.com
Chateau d’Anglès www.chateaudangles.com
Domaine Hegarty Chamans www.hegartychamans.com
La Grange de Quatre Sous (no website)
Domaine de Calet www.domaine-de-calet.com
Domaine Vella Frontera www.vellafrontera.com
Domaine Sainte Rose www.domaine-sainte-rose.com

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Languedoc Outsiders Tasting in London

Just a quick update on the Languedoc Outsiders event we held in London.  It went very well.  I’m fond of this group.  We filled the Maison du Languedoc Roussillon with some very interesting people who were really engaged and enjoying the discovery of some beautiful Languedoc wines.

Here’s a video montage of a few people who finished their tasting near my table and allowed me to ambush them for the blog.  Some constructive criticism and a lot of praise!

As they mention in the video, the tasting’s success was largely due to the very good mix of winemakers and the organizational efforts of Languedoc powerhouse Louise Hurren.

I think the central unifying theme of all being weirdos worked out very well.  Sometimes, when I go to themed tastings, I feel like everybody has the same type of wine or everybody has the same type of discourse, and that gets boring.  With this group, I got along with everybody but genuinely disagreed with a lot of the winemakers on some pretty important issues.  And that’s a GOOD thing!  It means you can walk around and taste with every winemaker without being bored to tears by yet another simplistic presentation that sounds like the guy you were just talking to.

Here’s some live footage of the room. Again, not the most exciting live stream, but it gives you the chance to hear the buzz of the crowd in the beautiful Maison du Languedoc Roussillon provided by Sud de France. :)

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London Wine Tasting with The Outsiders

Headed up to London for the Outsiders Tasting at the Maison du Languedoc Roussillon. I hope to have lots of photos and videos for you in a couple of days to show off some of the Languedoc’s weirdest winemakers.

You can look around online for more information about the tasting and biographies of the winemakers.

Winemakers in attendance:

If you’re a member of the trade or press and you haven’t RSVPed yet, please do so immediately by emailing Louise Hurren or me.

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