Andrew Jeffords and Rosemary George tackled the Herculean task of writing an eight page feature to describe the Languedoc in the March issue of Decanter. A region so diverse and adventuruous is incredibly hard to encapsule in just a few pages, so they focused on giving readers a taste of that diversity. And I think they did a really fantastic job.
Andrew Jeffords explains the pleasure of discovery and adventure in the Languedoc:
“One of the reasons why I wanted to live in this area was discovery. Sure, we could have moved to Dijon and I could have biked down to Vosne every Sunday and worshipped at the walls of Romanée-Conti, saving up for a bottle per decade, but where’s the pleasure in that? Languedoc, by contrast, is a giant funfair complete with eye-popping rides and weird sideshows, flashing lights and duck shoots and test-your-strength bells. Some of its wines are impolite, barely house-trained; others are exciting enough to make your hair stand on end. I love it.”
After Jeffords’ brilliant introduction, Rosemary George digs into the meat of the Languedoc. A blow by blow analysis of Faugeres, La Clape, Terrasses du Larzac, Limoux, Minervois la Liviniere, Cabardes, and Pic Saint Loup (and Pezenas gets its own feature later in the magazine, p 114). Each area description tries to explain what makes it so special and I think she George does a great job creating an image of each appellation. She also gets a couple namedrops in for each area so you can get a feel for some of the movers and shakers.
No ink about me this time, but that’s actually pretty encouraging! This article is about how vibrant and unexpected the region is. And in a way, I’m old news. Since I started Love That Languedoc (years ago!?) dozens of new wineries have started up and dozens of wines have come to new levels of prominence. This region is a vast sea and we’re seeing a rising tide that I hope will change the wine world forever.
Why people love the Languedoc
If you’d like to read the full article, another winemaker in Limoux has already uploaded it.
Ryan O’Connell, host of Love That Languedoc, is a winemaker in the south of France.
Ryan is a self-professed ascended fanboy who has been making wine since he was nineteen. He has won the recognition of the Guide Hachette, Revue du Vin de France, Bettane et Desseauve, Wine Spectator, Wine Enthusiast, Wall Street Journal: Europe, and JancisRobinson.com.
In 2009, Ryan founded Love That Languedoc, a website devoted to talking about the region he lives in and the producers who influence his work. He has interviewed legendary winemakers like Aime Guibert of Mas de Daumas Gassac and Claude Gros who has made many of the region’s most prestigious cult wines like La Negly, La Peira, and more. Whether he’s pigging out at a Michelin-starred restaurant or attending an exclusive trade show, Ryan’s goal is to capture the spirit of the region and serve it up to his friends online.
In 2010, Ryan started a campaign to train other winemakers and agricultural producers to use web tools that work for his winery. A champion of rural web technology, Ryan believes that agriculture and other rural businesses need to have their own personalized approach to web marketing.
Ryan is proud to live in the Languedoc and to have the support of so many great individuals and institutions in this part of the world.
If you want to get in touch with Ryan, it’s as easy as sending him an email or reaching out on sites like Twitter and Facebook. He’s happy to hear from you.
ViniFilles kicked off ViniSud with a pre salon party last night that was pretty killer. 18 Languedoc wine girls know how to put on a show. Lights were low in the secluded venue these hip winemakers picked to show off their wares. That means the video is gonna be a little fuzzy but my memories of the wines are crystal clear. MORE TO COME for this group of girls
Remember it’s vinisud !! So all of the videos are gonna be a little bit shorter and they’re gonna be coming at you at hopefully lightning speed. If the video’s not showing, it’s because the blip servers have them cued to be converted. Live with it. And when they do pop up retweet that with a big #ViniSud. I want to see if France’s coolest wine salon can get trending.
Vicky's calling card, the rubber duck
My Paris trip started out great with an art gallery tasting hosted by Vicky Wine and Les Mois du Vin centered around “Love That Languedoc” and some of my own wines at Domaine O’Vineyards. They know how to throw a party. And l’Oeil du Huit art gallery was an interesting setting for the wine. We tasted a lot of delicious Languedocs (and a Roussillon!) and had over 100 people who stuck around the whole night to check out the art and vino. There was also some amazing fusion food being served to accompany the tasting.
Une belle planche et des beaux vins
Plating is haaaard work.
Things were really too busy to get a good episode out of the event, but I wanted to at least post some photos and let you know about it. Maybe I’ll do a video blog recap when I get home to talk about my highlights from the event and some of the wines tasted.
Opéra de Château Villerambert Julien, AOC Minervois
Syrah de Château Villerambert Julien
Château Villerambert Julien Blanc, AOC Minervois
O’Podium Stainless Steel 2005, Domaine O’Vineyards, Vin de Pays Cité de Carcassonne
O’Podium American Oak 2005, Domaine O’Vineyards, Vin de Pays Cité de Carcassonne
O’Podium French Oak 2005, Domaine O’Vineyards, Vin de Pays Cité de Carcassonne