Wine Blogger Wednesday: Languedoc-Roussillon
This was a great task – purely because the wines from Languedoc-Roussillon have not been hyped, and so, like Chablis, it represents some of the best value wines that the country produces – providing affordable luxury. In an effort to connect food and wine, I combined Wine Blogger Wednesday with They Go Really Well Together #1, and I must be honest that my choice of wine was far better than my food enginuity. As I say, the Garlic dipped in mocha was interesting – but I was glad to have the General Billy’s Languedoc selection to wash it down! Interestingly, the Syrah and Grenache were quite complimentary to both coffee and garlic.
My first wine was the Domain Clavel ($17.99), followed by General Billy’s ($10.99); and then there were three unexpected last minute entries: Gerard Bertrand‘s 2003 Tautavel Rousillon ($14.99); Domaine De Nizas’ 2006 RosÃ¨ ($12.99) and finally, a wine that will definitely be in the USA soon – Chateau Capion’s Capion Rouge.
For me, although all the wines were exceptional – the winner was the Domaine De Nizas – and I say this for two reasons: recently the weather has been hotting up, and I like to save spicy red wines for the winter, and Rose is a great crossover; and lastly because I think that America needs to push aside the White Zinfandel and whole-heartedly embrace RosÃ¨ blush wines.
Aesthetically, RosÃ¨ is beautiful, and the notion of the skins being left for 16 hours without punch down maceration is a delicate pink, violet and opague-garnet hue. Secondly, the aroma of a real blush wine is completely unique: On the nose one can get a hint of red berry or candied fruit, whilst on the palat there’s the crisp, clean and dry essence of a white. RosÃ¨’s are perfect wines for watching the sun set – or for the beginning of an evening.
The 2006 Domaine de Nizas RosÃ¨ is one of my new favorites and is my official choice for Wine Bloger Wednesday #33 The wine is like pink nectar with sweet red wine essences on the nose; whilst the palat introduces the minerality and creamy yet dry mouth feel. The composition is 40 % Syrah, 40 % Grenache and 20 % MourvÃ¨dre – almost identical to the Domaine Clavel, except from an interest point of view, its amazing to see the difference between extended skin contact compared to just 16 hours. Drinking them side by side one can see how great an impact winemakers have on their creations.
By the way – the flight-special to Carcasonne is still going, so hopefully Weingolb’s WBW #33 will inspire some of you to make the trip: for an anniversary present, or just because, there are few places in the world as suited to the adventurous wine lover. Cheerz!Tags: elixir, review, WBW, Wine