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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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Love La Pèira – Love that Languedoc Episode 8

I got to visit the cult hit La Pèira in the Terrasses du Larzac and taste a lot of delicious wines. Unfortunately for you anglophones, the reds were tasted in La Pèira’s French tasting. Luckily though, I’m not the only one who talks about them. You can check out Gary Vaynerchuk’s take on these delicious red wines or read what the Wine Advocate says.

In the meantime, this English language episode is packed full of goodies including a blow-your-mind white wine (viognier roussane blend) and a tasting of the 2009 Syrah from La Pèira pure in the holding tank. NICE. This gives you a sneak peak of the Syrah that will make its way into their extremely limited run wines.

In retrospect, I really didn’t freak out enough about this white wine which we finished off at lunch. If you like big reds but never really got passionate about white wine (or you know somebody like that), Deuslys is a hardcore white that is explosive. We tasted it AFTER tasting three HUGE red wines and it still felt fresh, big and delicious. The only problem is that they make sooo little of it for now. It’s super rare…for now.

Terroir des Terrasses du Larzac

Terroir des Terrasses du Larzac

Lastly, one of the great things about this vineyard is that you can follow them online. It seems like Rob Dougan has signed up for every social media site I’ve ever heard of.
La Peira on Twitter
on Facebook
on Flickr

The wines:
La Pèira 2007, La Pèira, AOC Terrasses du Larzac
Las Flors 2007, La Pèira, AOC Terrasses du Larzac
Les Obriers, La Pèira, AOC Terrasses du Larzac

See also:
Malolactic Fermentation – A second fermentation (completely separate from alcoholic fermentation) in which malic acids are converted to lactic acids. Softens the tannins and decreases certain types of spoilage. The wine we taste in the tank is probably going through it’s malo as we are tasting it. It’s hard/impossible to tell by taste, but I suspect (and hope) that the malo is underway.

The varietals we mentioned

Carignan
Cinsault
Roussane
Viognier

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La Pèira, je t’aime! avec Jérémie Depierre

La Pèira nous a ouvert ses portes. Enfin, nous les avons vite refermérs derrière nous car ce vent du nord soufflait très fort! Dans la cave bien protégée du vent, nous avons dégusté trois merveilles du Languedoc. Ce sont des vins cultes produits en petite quantité, et Jérémie a une passion qui nous rappelle que le vin est une forme d’art.

Les vins:
La Pèira 2007, La Pèira, AOC Terrasses du Larzac
Las Flors 2007, La Pèira, AOC Terrasses du Larzac
Les Obriers, La Pèira, AOC Terrasses du Larzac

Voire aussi:
La Peira sur Twitter
sur Facebook
sur Flickr
Gary Vaynerchuk’s Peira reviews
Ils sont vraiment partout.

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Domaine Saint-Martin feat. My Parents – Episode 6 Love that Languedoc

My parents and I sit in front of the fireplace a la Masterpiece Theater to taste a couple of red wines from Vin de Pays de la Cité de Carcassonne. I actually have very little information about the wines and I’ll update this post later with the details. For the time being, watch the video! We also talk a bit about our upcoming Flickr Fest. And there’s a guest appearance from our doggy at the end. And we don’t eat anything that tastes like a goat.

Oh and I almost forgot. We talk about International blog law. Between the FTC’s new rules about blogger disclosure and France’s loi evin concerning government warnings about the health risks of alcohol consumption, we get to complain a bit about the man.

The wines:
Domaine Saint-Martin 2008, Domaine Saint-Martin, Vin de Pays de la Cité de Carcassonne
Merci! 2008, Domaine Saint-Martin, Vin de Pays de la Cité de Carcassonne

See also:
Marselan is a grape varietal hybrid, a cross of Cabernet Sauvignon and Grenache. The Merci! is 100% of that crazy hybrid.

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