2012 Les Vignes Oubliées, Terrasses du Larzac

2012 Les Vignes Oubliées, Terrasses du Larzac

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2012 Les Vignes Oubliées, Terrasses du Larzac

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At altitude, under crystal clear skies, cool air descending from the Larzac Plateau meets the warming influence of the Med – the resulting diurnal range of up to 20°C might be expected in Mendoza, but is remarkable just 40km from Montpellier. Such a propitious climate, as well as a bounty of soil types (and access to grape varieties to suit each one) and a wine industry not beholden to tradition make this one of France’s most exciting new AOCs.

Les Vignes Oubliées is a blend of Grenache, Syrah, Carignan and a miniscule amount of Cinsault. Aromas of kirsh, liquorice, tapenade and blackcurrants lead, irresistibly, to a concentrated, well-structured palate, with firm tannins and red and black fruit flavours at its core. There’s a lick of black pepper on the finish. Unmistakeably Mediterranean, but with a refreshing acidity that points northward to the mountains.
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Les Vignes Oubliees

Les Vignes Oubliees

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Coteaux du Languedoc

Coteaux du Languedoc

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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Other Varieties

Other Varieties

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.

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