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Pascal Fulla at ViniSud 2010


I can’t believe I missed Pacal Fulla’s awesome reception at a TEN YEAR vertical of his wines from Mas de l’Ecriture. Luckily, I caught up with him to discover a mini vertical for this mini episode where we taste the wines before and after a major rebranding campaign where he changed the labels and a lot of his design work AND got certified organic. I like the design almost as much as I love the wine.

I will be visiting Pascal at le Mas de l’Ecriture very soon and you’ll get to see a detailed show about his wines. He’s a cool guy and it’ll be a great episode.

Also you can follow this winemaker on Facebook.

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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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Virgile’s Vineyard with Virgile Joly – Love that Languedoc ep. 12

I got to meet Virgile Joly at his eponymous Domaine and it was a lot of fun. He is of course the titular winemaker in Virgile’s Vineyard by Patrick Moon. But more than that, he’s a dude who cares about the wine he’s making. We taste three reds in this episode and I refer to the whites a little (that episode will be uploaded soon).

What’s remarkable to me is that the Cuvées actually mean something here. A lot of the time you see a winemaker has his Cuvée Expensive and a Cuvée Affordable and there’s no real relationship between the red and white in the Cuvée Affordable (other than price). Here, I feel like the red Saturne and white Saturne had more in common than the red Virgile and red Saturne. That is a lot of fun to see.

On another note, I unintentionally created a themed week where we visited three different organic vineyards. Pretty wild coincidence since the numbers were just released that the Languedoc Roussillon is now France’s number one spot for organically grown wine grapes! All the articles I’m reading on the subject are in French, but I’m sure the news will leak into the Anglophone world soon. If it doesn’t, I’ll translate it.

But this is all sort of tangential. Virgile Joly produces good wine and it happens to be organic. He explains in this episode that he’s been growing and thinking organic for a long time. And adopting the certification is just sort of a necessary step he had to take when all these ridiculously unwholesome winemakers started calling themselves organic growers.

What’s important is his dedication to the idea of making good, expressive wines.

PS – there was a technical snafu at the end, but we overcome. …And then we were invaded by Virgile’s adorable children who are coincidentally named after famous conquering Emperors.

The wines:
Cuvée Joly Rouge, Domaine Virgile Joly, AOC Languedoc
Cuvée Saturne, Domaine Virgile Joly, AOC Languedoc
Cuvée Virgile, Domaine Virgile Joly, AOC Coteaux du Languedoc

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True Brau-mance @ Love that Languedoc Episode 10

I make wine on the outskirts of a tiny French village named Villemoustaussou. This town name is enough to make even French heads spin. In episode 10, I visit Wenny Tari at the only other independent winery that I know of in town, Chateau Brau (pronounced like: “hey, bro, what’s up?)

They are organic growers and have been for a really long time, so it’s not just part of a fad. They have 14 different varietals on just 40 hectares and they make 18 different wines. Very interesting look at how small wineries can scale their business up without losing quality.

Oh and that bubbling sound you can hear throughout the video is a malolactic fermentation, I think.

Anyway, I hope you enjoy! We taste a barrel-fermented Chardonnay and a totally unoaked Cabernet Sauvignon and they’re both interesting.

The wines:
Chardonnay 2008, Domaine de Brau, Vin de Pays d’Oc
PURE Cabernet Sauvignon 2006, Domaine de Brau, Vin de Pays d’Oc

Domaine de Brau
F-11620 Villemoustaussou
Tel +33 (0)4 68 72 31 92
Fax +33 (0)4 68 25 91 17

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