Tag Archives | Languedoc
La Cendrillon Nuance

Nuance 2015, La Cendrillon, Vin de France | Britt’s Wine of the Month

A delicious white wine with excellent freshness. Full-bodied, some “fat” and with a lot of fresh fruit. The grape blend is unusual: petit manseng, albariño, verdejo, grenache blanc and grenache gris. And these unusual grapes are of course the reason why this wine is a Vin de France. Domaine de la Cendrillon (cendrillon = Cinderella) […]

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Flowers in the vineyards in Limoux

Limoux, a different part of the Languedoc

When you think of Languedoc you probably think warm, sunny days and rich full-bodied wines made from grapes like grenache and carignan. But the reality is more varied than that. In the 1970s the growers started to plant the Chenin Blanc in Limoux, in the south-western part of the Languedoc. The idea was that chenin […]

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Country road and vineyards in Languedoc

Andreas Larsson raises confidence in Languedoc

There is a shortage of cheap French wine, which means that some supermarket chains in France are importing Spanish table wine. This has led to criminal actions by some militant winemakers in the Languedoc. But it has also led to more serious measures. The producers’ association in Languedoc, the CIVL, has decided to raise the […]

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Water stress in Languedoc

The technical Dionysud wine fair was held in Beziers in Languedoc in November. A big discussion during the fair was about irrigation. Languedoc-Roussillon has a total of 240 000 hectares and only 24,000 are irrigated at the moment. It is too little, says the Chamber of Agriculture in the department of Hérault. The vineyards of […]

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Tasting glasses at Vinisud

Vinisud 2017

Vinisud, the big wine fair with Mediterranean profile, will open its doors on 29th of January 2017. Since its debut in 1994 the fair has been held every second year in Montpellier. Now, however, it is becoming an annual event. Around 1000 wine producers will be present in 2017. These come mainly from the southern […]

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Pic Saint Loup is now a proper appellation

Pic Saint Loup Languedoc obtained its own appellation, AOP Pic Saint Loup, on the 7th of September. Not a day too early, according to many people. Pic Saint Loup, located about 20 kilometres north of Montpellier, was until now a sub-district of AOP Languedoc. For a long time it has been a dynamic district with […]

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Domaine Turner Pageot le Blanc

Le Blanc 2013, L’Existence des Choix, Domaine Turner Pageot, Languedoc | Britt’s Wine of the Month

Domaine Turner Pageot is a small winery in the village of Gabian. It is run by the very enthusiastic Emmanuel Pageot and his wife Karen Turner, who is also winemaker at the well-known Prieuré Saint-Jean-de-Bébian. At their family estate, Domaine Turner Pageot, they make wines that are far from the streamlined and boring. Their wines […]

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New wine hierarchy in Languedoc

The Languedoc growers have long been planning a structuring of the different appellations in a hierarchy. Earlier they planned to have a top appellation category called “grand cru”. However, they were rapped on the knuckles by the INAO. Grand cru, they may not use. When I was recently in the Languedoc for their annual primeur […]

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The first vintage of Mas de Daumas Gassac

Languedoc quality pioneer Aimé Guibert at Mas de Daumas Gassac passes away

Aimé Guibert, quality pioneer in Languedoc, has died at 91 years of age. He founded his property Mas de Daumas Gassac outside Aniane in Languedoc in the 1970s. 1978 was the first vintage. Guibert focused on quality, he wanted to make a wine of top quality. And not just with any grapes, he wanted to […]

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Les Fumees Blanches Sauvignon Blanc bag-in-box Francois Lurton nEW design

Les Fumées Blanches and François Lurton – “I am the General!”

Les Fumées Blanches – that is the topic of the tasting. François Lurton, the man behind the wine, is our cicerone. Les Fumées Blanches is the best-selling sauvignon blanc wine at Systembolaget (the Swedish monopoly): in 2015 1.9 million litres were sold. So a really big hitter. Moreover, it is with a good margin the […]

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An exciting wine merchant that takes you on a journey of discovery: Caviste

Caviste is a French company which sells French and to some extent also Italian wines to the Swedish market through distance selling. There are several companies which use the same principle to supply customers with wines other than those sold by Systembolaget. (Ed .: Here you can see BKWine’s list of “Swedish” online wine shops […]

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A new IGP called Terre du Midi

A new IGP (Indication Géographique Protégée, the category that has replaced vin de pays) will soon be launched in the south of France. It will be an IGP that brings together the departments of Aude, Hérault and Gard, all three of them in Languedoc. After several rounds of discussions it has now been decided that […]

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Time to plan for Vinisud: 15-17 February 2016

It’s that time of year again. No, not to buy Christmas presents. I was thinking of when invitations for next year’s wine fairs start dropping in. One of the major wine fairs to plan for in your agenda I Vinisud. It is focused on wines from the countries and wine regions around the Mediterranean. It […]

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Female journalists’ favourites in Languedoc (wines, of course…)

Agricultural cooperatives in France are numerous and influential. Not least in the wine business. In Languedoc almost 2/3 of the surface planted with vines are owned by wine growers belonging to a cooperative. This means 150,000 hectares and 15,000 cooperative wine growers. Every year the cooperatives compete with their wines in a prestigious competition held […]

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Karen Turner, Domaine Turner Pageot, Gabian

An insider’s tips on rising wine stars in the Languedoc

Languedoc wine estates to watch out for……. Languedoc is getting more and more exciting as a wine region by the day it almost seems. New producers settle here and prove – again – what fabulous wines can be made here. They follow in the path made by many established producers who continue making great wines. […]

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La Clape in Languedoc finally has its own appellation

It was expected, and now it has finally happened. The district of La Clape in Languedoc has its own appellation. Starting with vintage 2015, the producers in La Clape – 25 growers and 3 cooperatives –can put AOC La Clape on their labels. This will be the first communal appellation in Languedoc that applies to […]

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Domaine J Laurens Cremant de Limoux

Crémant de Limoux, Domaine J. Laurens | Britt’s WineS of the Month

Limoux is a small wine region in Languedoc, just south of the famous city of Carcassonne. It’s a little cooler here than in the rest of the Languedoc and the focus is on the white and sparkling wines. Domaine J. Laurens is totally concentrated on sparkling and I was very impressed with their Crémant de […]

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The Chinese invest in Languedoc

Chinese wine drinkers are interested not only in luxury wines from the great chateaux of Bordeaux or from the top producers in Burgundy. Chinese BHC International Wine Assets imports every year 2 million bottles to China. 50% comes from the Languedoc. Here they find reasonably priced wines. When the company recently wanted to invest in […]

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Linda Stensen on Languedoc in Svenska Dagbladet

Our book on the wines of Languedoc in the Swedish newspaper Svenska Dagbladet

The first book we did was “Languedoc, meetings with wines and wine-growers in the French South” (currently only available in Swedish). The book was mentioned very nicely and prominently in the latest weekend special of the Swedish newspaper Svenska Dagbladet, one of the two big national morning papers. Linda Stensen wrote about Languedoc wines and […]

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Marc Kreydenweiss and one of his sons, Alsace and Rhone

Languedoc: an excellent source for delicious wines and good value | Britt on Forbes

The Languedoc has gone through a virtual revolution over the past few decades. It is probably the French wine region that has seen the most revolutionary changes in recent times. From having been a huge source for cheap bulk wine it has become something of a hotbed for exiting wines and good value for money. […]

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Chateau Phelan Segur in the Medoc, Bordeaux

Do you want to buy a vineyard?

Searching for a vineyard to buy? Are you longing for a life among vines and steel tanks, tractors, regulations and bureaucracy? Then we know exactly where you should start looking. At least if you see yourself making wine in Provence, the Rhone Valley or Languedoc. The newly created company WINE Objectives offer vineyards for sale […]

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Les Muses Domaine du Joncier, Lirac

Uncorked: Good wines we have tasted recently, December 2014

Uncorked: Under this heading we collect various wines that we have tasted, and liked, recently. It can be wines that we have had during dinner at home, at wine tastings, press lunches, visits to vineyards, or other occasions. We describe the wines just with a few short sentences, tasting notes that we hope will give […]

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Jean-Claude Mas of Domaine Paul Mas

Demand for French wines growing – in the USA

It is not quite Jack in the Box, but French wines are making solid progress in the USA. In 2013 sales of French wines increased with 7.3% to reach 9.4 million cases, Shanken News Daily reports, based on numbers from Impact Databank. What counts in terms of numbers are of course the affordable wines in […]

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Champagne Leclerc Brian rose brut

Uncorked: Good wines we have tasted recently, July 2014

Uncorked: Under this heading we collect various wines that we have tasted, and liked, recently. It can be wines that we have had during dinner at home, at wine tastings, press lunches, visits to vineyards, or other occasions. We describe the wines just with a few short sentences, tasting notes that we hope will give […]

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“Terrasses du Larzac” in Languedoc becomes its own appellation

A few weeks back France gained a new appellation: AOC / AOP Terrasses du Larzac. It used to be a separate sub-designation within the greater Languedoc appellation: “Languedoc Terrasses du Larzac”. The INAO gave its approval on June 26, 2014 for it to become its own appellation, without any mention Languedoc. But was it a […]

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Domaine de l'Hortus blanc 2000

Domaine de l’Hortus Grande Cuvée Blanc 2000, Vin de Pays de Val de Monferrand | Britt’s Wine of the Month

This is a terrific wine that makes you glad that you sometimes keep your wines in the cellar for some time. Maybe we had not planned to keep this wine for 12 years. Because it is not obvious that a white Languedoc wine survive this long. But it was a winner and a pleasure to […]

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Chateau Pech-Latt, Corbieres, Languedoc

Organic wines, a somewhat random selection of recommended bottles

Organic wines are getting more and more sought after. Journalists write more and more about them and hopefully, finally, people are realizing that there are some very delicious organic wines out there. Here are some recommended examples of what we have tasted recently. Domaine Duseigneur Lirac Odyssée 2012 Lirac is opposite Châteauneuf-du-Pape, on the other […]

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Domaine du Pas de l'Escalette

Terrasses du Larzac wine producers (3): Domaine du Pas de l’Escalette, Domaine de la Sauvageonne, Vignes Oubliées

A selection of Terrasses du Larzac growers (3/3) David Furer continues his article on the Languedoc region called Terrasses du Larzac with some of his favourite producers. The Terrasses du Larzac is a sub-region in the northern part of the Languedoc where you can find many high quality producers. Here is the third and last […]

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Olivier Jullien Domaine Mas Jullien

Terrasses du Larzac wine producers (2): Château de Jonquières, Mas de l’Écriture, Mas Cal Demoura, Mas Jullien

A selection of Terrasses du Larzac growers (2/3) David Furer continues his article on the Languedoc region called Terrasses du Larzac with some of his favourite producers. The Terrasses du Larzac is a sub-region in the northern part of the Languedoc where you can find many high quality producers. Here is the second instalment of […]

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Vineyards in the Terrasses du Larzac

Terrasses du Larzac wine producers (1): Mas des Chimères, Mas Conscience, La Pèira en Damaisèla, Le Clos du Serres

A selection of Terrasses du Larzac growers (1/3) David Furer continues his article on the Languedoc region called Terrasses du Larzac with some of his favourite producers. The Terrasses du Larzac is a sub-region in the northern part of the Languedoc where you can find many high quality producers. Here is the first instalment of […]

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