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Harvest Time in the South of France 2010

It’s harvest time in most parts of the Languedoc and Roussillon.  Thank you for being so understanding of my on-and-off blogging throughout the harvest and vinification season.  I won’t have enough time to do much traveling or video.  What I can do is show you all the great work on other winemaker blogs in the region!

I’ve decided to round up all the best 2010 harvest blogging from the Languedoc Roussillon.  And there’s a lot to choose from, as you will see!  This is a region full of winemakers who are proud of their work and know how to communicate online even at the busiest time of year.

Click on any photo to be linked directly to the source at the winemaker’s website or social media profile.

Les Caves de Trinques Fougasses have started visiting vineyards like Mas de Mortiès to talk shop about topics like harvest technique:

and more technical stuff like how this year’s concentrated small berry harvest will translate in terms of volume of finished wine.  Smaller fruit means a totally different liquid volume to solid volume ratio and you end up with much less wine per tank.  Also, there are crazy pockets of much more concentrated fruit that have started to dry out and they will be very sweet without much juice at all.

Some fun videos showing process at Mas de l’Ecriture with some very funny music choices:

And one video I took at Virgile Joly’s vineyard when I stayed at his new Vinolodge project which Ill tell you all about later!
Les vendanges sont en cour dans toutes parties du Languedoc Roussillon.  Je vous remerci pour votre patience avec mon absence durant cet periode tres occupée des vendanges.

J’ai pas beaucoup de temps pour faire des voyages ou des videos.  Par contre, je suis ravi de rassembler le travail d’autres vignerons de la région.

Voila le meilleur des Vendanges 2010 sur Internet.

Cliquez sur n’importe quel photo pour retrouver la source sur le site web du vigneron ou son profile reseaux sociaux.

Les Caves de Trinques Fougasses have started visiting vineyards like Mas de Mortiès to talk shop about topics like harvest technique:

and more technical stuff like how this year’s concentrated small berry harvest will translate in terms of volume of finished wine.  Smaller fruit means a totally different liquid volume to solid volume ratio and you end up with much less wine per tank.  Also, there are crazy pockets of much more concentrated fruit that have started to dry out and they will be very sweet without much juice at all.

Some fun videos showing process at Mas de l’Ecriture with some very funny music choices:

And one video I took at Virgile Joly’s vineyard when I stayed at his new Vinolodge project which Ill tell you all about later!

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South of France synchronized worldwide tasting

Here is part 1 of the higher quality recording of our live broadcast for the South of France synchronized tasting.

I was accompanied by Malorie from Chateau Le Bouïs, Aude Campos, and Matthew Stubbs and Emma Kershaw of Vinecole.

I know I promised an edit, but it just feels better in that unedited Blair Witch style. Enjoy.  We’ll upload the rest soon, or you can watch the whole syncrhonized tasting in low fidelity.

The wines:
Grande Cuvée 1531, Sieur d’Arques, AOP Crémant de Limoux
Fruité Catalan 2009, Vignerons Catalans, AOP Cotes du Roussillon

Oh, and our question about the varietal composition ofthe Fruité Catalan: Syrah 60 %, Grenache Noir 25 %, Carignan 10 % et Macabeu 5 %.  according to the documentation Vignerons Catalans emailed me post-tasting.

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Sud de France Worldwide Synchronized Tasting – Love That Languedoc

Hey, we just did a live broadcast of our South of France wine tasting.  Here it is in lo-fi.  I am uploading the same tasting with better sound and clearer picture from the Flip.  But this is the live broadcast that captured the moment of our synchronized 11 AM tasting celebrating the fourth anniversary of the Sud de France umbrella brand.   I’m really appreciative that I got to play a part in this celebration.

Voila la dégustation synchronisée des vins du Sud de France. On a fait un épisode en direct.  Maintenant, je vais essayer de faire un petit montage en haute définition pour plus tard. Mais sachez qu’on s’est bien amusé.

The wines:
Grande Cuvée 1531, Sieur d’Arques, AOP Crémant de Limoux
Fruité Catalan 2009, Vignerons Catalans, AOP Cotes du Roussillon
Dromadaire 30670 2006, IGP Pays d’Oc
Cigalus 2008, Gérard Bertrand, IGP Pays d’Oc
Mas de Madame 2006, AOP Muscat de Frontignan

The press release says the wines were drawn at random from a preselection of Dominique Laporte’s.

I was happy to share these wines with an interesting group of people who I will talk about more in the edited, high-fidelity version. :)

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