With three times a bigger number of hectares committed to viticulture than Bordeaux, and better climate, isn’t it time winos began going to the Languedoc-Roussillon locale of France?
There are some unpalatable and marginally irking misguided judgments about France and wine that need to be reviewed. Number one: any semblance of Nice, Cannes and Saint Tropez are by all account not the only places to go in France for that southern French climate and way of life. Number two: Bordeaux is not by any means the only area that creates great wine. Actually, numerous wine analysts saythat Bordeaux winemakers have neglected to grasp new strategies for quite a long time, depending on the Bordeaux name alone, and now confront hardened rivalry from wine making districts over the world creating prevalent wines. Number three: Being a wine big talker is not an essential for appreciating wine tasting. Stun ghastliness.
It was in light of these imperative pointers that I exited an ash and blustery London this pre-winter and touched base in a quite sunny Languedoc-Roussillon, expectation on figuring out exactly how far a novice wino can take a wine fixation in a district that has around 740,000 sections of land of vineyards three times the sum in Bordeaux and a normal of 300 days of sun for every year.
Regardless of my un-adjusted mouth and substandard wine sagacity, the wines tasted a bit of okay. The elevations of somewhere around 700 and 1000 feet above ocean level, the vitality to the vines of the limestone and mud terroir, and the Mediterranean high temperature, would just get to be clear a couple of tastings in, yet until further notice I was substance with accepting what I was told. Above all, there was no insight of haughtiness or predominance, denoting an impactful thumbs up for the first raid of the un-launched into the wine tasting world.
It turns out I was in for very much a treat as my speculative learnings from prior in the day began to break in. The vineyards of Bertrand spread several sections of land and six locales in the encompassing zone, where you can likewise use the night as I did at the striking Château l’hospitalet – resting in an area encased by vines is a need unless you’re a wannabe wino on a mission. Should you ponder around a rugby player’s capability to make fine wines, a tasting at Château l’hospitalet will end those suspicions in a split second.
Domaine Cigalus of Bertrand practices biodynamic procedures and the rouge is particularly enthralling; yes, I could really get on the blackcurrant notes and zesty kick after some master swilling. The altogether victor must be La Forge – the red from Domaine de Villemajou and the area of Bertrand’s family home.
After some larking about in the vines of Bertrand to get the universal grape photographs, it was time to hit the street again to visit Château Capitoul, the third Château of the excursion. Time was running out if my tasting targets were going to be met, so it was time to stop the sultry swilling and get serious. Fortunately the pair who run this outfit are ex-maritime officers and run their arrangement of vineyards like a huge ship.