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2005 Domaine de la Grange des Pères, Languedoc


My first encounter with this highly praised Southern French red wine from Aniane, a small village close to the city Montpellier.
Domaine de la Grange des Pères, founded by Laurent Vaillé doesn’t even have a website, but is considered by many as the Grand Cru of the Languedoc. Also, it is a rather young estate: its first vintage only came out in 1992. Read the rest of this entry »

Categories: France,Languedoc

2004 Château Puech-Haut “Tête de Bêlier”, Côteaux Du Languedoc


This bottle was in the cellar for a few years now, and admittedly it is an estate I had many bottles of (check here, here and here for notes) and got a bit tired of the last years. But tonight I felt it would be the right bottle to match an oven-roast chicken with lots of fresh herbs, and it did a great job. Read the rest of this entry »

Categories: France,Languedoc

Saint-Chinian Weine von Yannick Pelletier, Languedoc


Yannick Pelletier ist spät Winzer geworden. Mit 34 Jahren erst  beginnt er seine Lehrzeit und arbeitet dabei zuerst im renommierten südfranzösischen Betrieb Léon Barral und anschliessend beim Winzertrio Cuilleron-Villard-Gaillard (Rhône), um sich etwas später in St Nazaire de Ladarez im Saint-Chinian mit einem eigenen Gut niederzulassen.

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Categories: France,Languedoc

2 not so light Languedoc Summer Whites

White wines from Southern France aren’t only light summer wines. Such as Rhône wines they can be aromatic and powerful, simply outstanding. So naturally I didn’t hesitate to bring back 2 wines from Montpellier when I stopped there this summer, trusting the recommendations of a wineshop owner in the city. Finally I got the opportunity to open them.
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2007 Les Mûriers, Mas Bruguière

Mas Bruguière
is located in the Pic Saint Loup region near Montpellier. Their white wine Les Mûriers is Read the rest of this entry »

Categories: France,Languedoc

Château de Lascaux junior and senior


Admittedly, we are comparing the top wine and the entry level wine of this Languedoc estate which isn’t really logical, but it doesn’t matter. Actually it’s not really comparing in a quality sense, but maybe just seeing how far of a way the older one has come. Read the rest of this entry »

Categories: France,Languedoc

2006 G16 et Demi, Domaine Navarre, Saint-Chinian


The second bottle of Southern French red wine I opened this summer carries an enigmatic name: 2006 “G16 et demi” (G16 and a half) from Domaine Navarre in Saint-Chinian. I haven’t exactly found out the meaning of it, but I assume the G stands for Grenache. But does the name have any importance after all?
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Let’s rather check the content. Dark Colour. Nose of blackberries or other dark berries plus something floral reminding violets. On the palate at the same time juicy of blackberry fruit and powerful. This balance is also ensured by a nice acidity which is underpinning the fruit. Read the rest of this entry »

Categories: France,Languedoc