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.
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.
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.