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Tag Archives: Languedoc

• Innovative planting in the vineyard prevents spread of diseases

Innovative planting in the vineyard prevents spread of diseases

Preventing the spread of viruses and other diseases in the vineyard requires not just a range of plant species but also mix of vine varieties, according to Jeff Coutelou of Mas Coutelou. Speaking during a round-table event yesterday at Roberson Wine’s annual portfolio tasting, Coutelou, a producer based in the Languedoc, outlined his techniques for […]

• French cows fed wine to increase flavour

French cows fed wine to increase flavour

A number of farmers in the Languedoc have taken to feeding their cattle local red wine to improve the flavour of their beef. According to The Independent, local farmer Claude Chaballier has been feeding his cattle wine from the village of Saint-Geniès-des-Mourgues, resulting in “lean, marbled and tasty,” beef. Chaballier fed the wine to three […]

• Fat white wines for colder days

Fat white wines for colder days

The time for crisp, refreshing summer whites and rosés is over for another year (don’t all cry at once), but that doesn’t mean you have to give up white wine altogether. Most wine promotions at this time of year tend to focus on autumn reds, but after months of talking about crisp, refreshing whites and […]

• Former Lafite winemaker turns to Bourboulenc. What’s that?!

Former Lafite winemaker turns to Bourboulenc. What’s that?!

Eric Fabre, ex-technical director at Château Lafite, was initially drawn to the Languedoc to grow his great love Mourvèdre but quickly discovered that the area in which he bought his new estate, Château d’Anglès, was ideal for Bourboulenc as well. Fabre bought his new property in the sub-region of La Clape in 2002. Subsequently, it […]

• Preposterous. Sommeliers, Stewards Say Syrah Slow to Sell

It seems preposterous that Syrah gets such a beating when wine industry professionals try to explain away why this particular varietal is slow to sell.  Critics and reviewers alike have recently been assigning high scores to wines made from Syrah and the quality of American Syrah has risen massively in the past decade.  Not to […]

• Gina Gallo: Pinotgate was 'a disaster'

Gina Gallo: Pinotgate was 'a disaster'

The ‘Pinotgate’ scandal, allegedly involving 18 million bottles of fake Pinot Noir from the Languedoc, was ‘a disaster’ for Californian company Gallo, it has admitted. In a wide-ranging interview in the November issue of Decanter magazine Gina Gallo says the company was embarrassed by the incident, which drew wide condemnation from the international media. Whilst […]

• You Just Got Lucky…Here's a Firsthand Account of the Harvest at Chateau Margaux

You Just Got Lucky…Here's a Firsthand Account of the Harvest at Chateau Margaux

“I just got to visit Chateau Margaux on their first full day of the 2010 harvest.  This is sort of a dream and it’s hard to believe that it really happened.  It was an authentic and intimate glimpse into the belly of one of the world’s most prestigious estates, one of the four (five if […]

• Languedoc announces new appellations

Languedoc announces new appellations

The Conseil Interprofessionnel des Vins du Languedoc (CIVL), has confirmed a new hierarchy for Languedoc appellations.