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2009 Domaine de Montcalmès Rouge, AOC Coteaux du Languedoc
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The vineyards are located in two different communes; Puéchabon, where Syrah and Grenache are grown, and Aniane, where the Mouvèdre grape is grown.
Once ready for harvest, the vines are de-stemmed and crushed, and macerated in barrels for around thirty days or so. The wines are aged in oak barrels for twenty four months, and two or three grape varieties are mixed together two months before bottling. Today the vineyard produces about 50,000 bottles a year.
There are over 200 different grape varieties used in modern wine making (from a total of over 1000). Most lesser known blends and varieties are traditional to specific parts of the world.
The Coteaux du Languedoc appellation is either a useful assemblage of the top enclaves in the Hérault department or an extremely unhelpful conglomeration of vastly different sub-regions which would be more helpfully categorised independently. Whatever one's opinion, it is not short of both significance and potential, running along the Mediterranean coast from Narbonne almost as far east as Nîmes, and covering over 10,000 hectares – as well as some of the most attractive and wonderfully-situated vineyards in France.
Several of its sub-appellations are fighting for full AC status, the most famous being La Clape, Picpoul de Pinet and Pic St Loup. Of the others, high quality wines are now being produced in, inter alia, Montpeyroux, Grés De Montpellier and Terrasses du Larzac. All the principle grapes are represented, with Carignan and Cinsault reduced to a maximum of 40 percent apiece to encourage more fashionable varieties, especially Syrah and Mourvèdre. The terroir is equally diverse, with limestone, schist, sand and clay all evidenced.
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