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 both red and white wines. La Clape is well known for its white wines which represent 20% of the production. The white grape Bourboulenc gives these wines great character and personality. The red wines are dominated by Grenache, Mourvèdre and Syrah.
So, now we have yet another appellation in France. A reason to despair, given the quantity of appellations already out there? Maybe, but at the same time it is important for the producers to have this recognition. And the quality of the wines probably improves.
La Clape is beautifully situated on the Mediterranean Sea, not far from the town of Narbonne. Some of our favourite producers are Chateau Pech Redon, Mas de Soleilla, Chateau d’Angles, Chateau Ricardelle, Château Rouquette sur Mer, Chateau de Negly and Domaine Costeplane. Read more on mon-viti.com.
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