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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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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

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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


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Juliet Bruce-Jones, Master of Wine – Episode 4 Love that Languedoc

Juliet Bruce Jones, a Master of Wine, swings by the vineyard and presents three excellent wines. Two dry red wines and a sweet dessert wine. Obviously, all of them come from that good old Languedoc.

I guess my favorite part of this episode is when we guiltily start referring to the spit bucket as a blend of fine AOC wine. :D

As always, thank you for watching. New world, meet the Languedoc!

Wines tasted:
Domaine Perdiguier 2006, Vin de Pays Coteaux D’ensérune
La Jasse-Castel 2007, AOC Coteaux du Languedoc Montpeyroux
Domaine Barroubio 2007, Muscat de St-Jean de Minervois

See also:
Fishermen’s Friend lozenges
Master of Wine certification
Juliet Bruce-Jones, MW
Suivez Juliet on Twitter

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