A wine tour of Languedoc – reds

In the second – and final – part of his review of a two week tour through the wines of Languedoc, guest poster Ollie Taylor looks at the reds of the region, plus a selection of bottles from the rest of France. Viewed by many as a particular strength of the rising region, the red wines of Languedoc offer an exciting, affordable alternative to the classic French bottles.

As with the whites covered in part one, all the reds reviewed by Ollie are widely available in the wine shops and supermarkets of Montpellier and other towns in Languedoc. Many of the bottles fall into the €5-10 range but a few more expensive red wines from Languedoc also fell into Ollie’s basket.

Chateau des Adouzes, Faugeres, 2007, 13.5%

A lively and vibrant red with hints of cinnamon. Goes very well with strong flavoured meat such as game.

Saint Emilion Grand Cru, Grande Arche, 2009, 13.5%

Very reasonably priced at around €12 and 2009 was a good year for most wines. Warm, full and well rounded, the rich taste of this wine pairs excellently with foie gras and duck.

L’Extreme de Castelmaure, 2008, 14%

A Corbieres wine, this wine is young yet surprising in flavour. Red berry notes and a hint of spice come through with a delicate aftertaste of dark chocolate. Dress it up or down when serving with food.

Devois Des Agneaux D’Aumelas, 2009, 13.5%

Intensely woody in flavour, this wine may not be for everybody but give it time to breathe and most will be surprised by its depth

Chassagne Montrachet, 2008, 12.5%

Both the red and white version of Montrachet are absolutely fantastic. As stated above, you can’t go wrong with a good Burgundy. Fashioned completely from Pinot Noir grapes, this red is fine, slightly spicy, and delicious with strong cheese.

Chateau de Turcy, 2010, 14%

An elegant combination of vanilla and smoke, this Minervois is intensely enjoyable on it’s own. If with food, pair it with a good steak.

Chateau de Valcombe, 2007, 14.5%

Powerful aromas of black cherry, coffee and chocolate. Despite this it is surprisingly fresh, balanced by velvety tannins.

Chateau la Dournie, 2009, 13%

A powerful nose with persistent berry flavours ranging from cherry to prune. With food, perhaps an idea to serve something with nutmeg spice?

M de Meyrac, 2009, 13%

A relatively standard Merlot table wine, good with lamb and cheese.

Grand Moment, Bordeaux, 2009, 12%

Not dissimilar from the Turcy above in terms of flavour, perhaps slightly more refined.

Chateau de Vere, Pic Saint Loup, 2008, 13.5%

Sensational with grilled meat, strong red fruit flavours compliment a smoky ruby finish.

Chateau Saint Jean de Bueges, 2009, 13%

Originally tried as part of a blind wine tasting. Fantastic flavours, full of rich fruit but complimented by soft notes of vanilla.

Les Hauts Castelmaure, 2010, 14%

Young, and therefore fairly full of tannins, it it nonetheless a rich Corbieres, though quite heavy handed in spice.

Chateau Puech-Haut, Saint Drezery, 2008, 15%

Undoubtedly the best of the bunch, this peppery red stands apart in its quality. Available from Nicolas; the wine merchants just off the Comedie, the spiciness of this wine would compliment all decent red meat. Hints of plum and chocolate also come through the palate.

All photos are courtesy of Mel Constantinou of PixMel8.com

 

2 Responses

  1. Ed Ward June 8, 2012 at 11:36 am #

    Hang on! Since when is Bordeaux part of Languedoc? Or Montrachet? Or St-Émilion?

    • Nick June 8, 2012 at 11:51 am #

      Thanks Ed, that’s my bad. There should have been a sentence in the opening paragraph – as there was in the piece on white wines – to say the article includes a selection from the rest of France. It’s now been amended. Thanks for pointing out the error.

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