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Blind tasting Grenache Blanc Gris and Noir – Nota Bene

Sorry you don’t get a full episode today. The rest of the week might be a little rough and tumble. I got the flu and I’ve got to travel to Paris for a couple Love That Languedoc tastings.

Enjoy this video of me blind tasting grenache wines from episode 34, before la Grippe A took away my sense of smell. As our good friends at Crus: Cave Dégustation say, “Say no to Grippe A. Say yes to Grappa!”

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The Grenache Rainbow: Blanc Gris and Noir – Love That Languedoc episode 34

Hello there! We tasted three wines that feature Grenache prominently. And as you may realize Grenache comes in many colors. We taste them all! Grenache blanc (a white wine grape), grenache gris (a red-skinned grape used to make a white wine), and a grenache noire (a red wine grape).

The wines:
2002 Cuvée Virgile, Domaine Virgile Joly, Vin de Pays de l’Herault
Naïck 7, Domaine L’Oustal Blanc, Vin de Table (non-vintage, but it’s totally from 2007)
2007 La Réserve de Monsieur, Château la Chaussée, AOC Corbières

See Also:
Terroir Fontfroide, a specific area in the very large Corbières
Sadat X, a musician and wine reviewer who speaks from the heart and tastes straight from the bottle

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Carcassonne Hotel de la Cité Wine Tasting – LOVE That Languedoc Ep. 32

I just did an OUTSTANDING tasting in Carcassonne today at the Hotel de la Cité. Restaurant manager and maitre sommelier, Georges Gracia pulled out all the stops and showed me a sampling of some of the bottles they had open at La Barbacane. This is the hotel where the Queen of England stays and Sting and your rich uncle. It’s located in the middle of medieval castle ramparts. Awesome.

When you see a pristinely preserved Vin Doux Naturel that is older than me… that is why restaurants used to charge 3-5 times wholesale price! Because they kept and cellared the wines perfectly and found a way to present them that was interesting.

The wines:
C de Centeilles 2008, Domaine Clos Centeilles, Vin de Pays Côtes du Brian
Clochers Lucien Fanjeau 1991, Limoux (wasn’t an AOC until 1993, domaine hard to determine)
Cuvée 1908 2008, Abbaye de Fontfroide, AOC Corbières (note the vintage is 2008. The name of the wine is 1908)
Domaine du Mas Blanc 1977, Domaine du Mas Blanc, AOC Banyuls

See also:
Patricia Domergue – Owner and winemaker at Domaine Clos Centeilles, sur le Minervois et Minervois La Liviniere.
Jean Michel Parcé – Owner and winemaker at Domaine du Mas Blanc. I can’t find a website for him or his Domaine, but he is pretty open online and you can email Jean Michel Parcé
Abbaye de Frontfroide – This is a historical site and draws a lot of tourists. They just redid the website and the wine produced there is integrated into the main site. However, I don’t see the wine mentioned in the English version of the site. Sorry :-ç

The varietals in C de Centeilles:
Araignan Blanc
Riveirenc Gris
Riveirenc Blanc
Grenache Gris

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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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