Category Archives: Languedoc-Roussillon

L’Oustal Blanc K6 Carignan

100% Carignan that I bought a few years ago, and I thought I might assess it’s evolution. Garnet color. On the nose, youthful, lots of mineral, slate, blackberry, licorice, flowers, spices, with not all that much oak, and definite earth. On the palate, dry, medium intensity, medium body, pretty dark fruit fruit and spices, framed by mineral and stone, with good balance, and a good complexity, and good length to the finish.

2006 Hecht & Bannier Minervois

This is my post vacation re-visit to this treat, post vacation, where I drank almost only Malbec. Ruby color. On the nose, youthful, medium intensity, stewed plums, figs, cherries, meat, pepper, leather, some oak, and some earth to it too. On the palate, dry, medium intensity, medium tannin, good acidity, medium body, as this wine…Continue Reading

2008 Domaine de Laballe Cotes de Gascogne

Platinum in color with some bronzing. On the nose, youthful, medium intensity, minerals, lime, grapefruit, grass, perfume, slight earth, and subtle oak if any. On the palate, dry, medium intensity, medium acidity, limes, nectarines, flowers, nice minerally and crisp finish. This would be nice with an oily white fish.    Continue Reading

2007 Ninet de Pena Viognier

Straw in color. On the nose, youthful, medium intensity, slate, lilac, dandelion, honeysuckle, frisee, endive, not oaky, with lots of earthy elements. On the palate, off-dry, medium intensity, medium+ body, medium acidity, nectarine, peach, intense floral element, mineral, with a moderate finish. I have no idea of what this costs, but my guess is this…Continue Reading

NV Maison Vergnes Blanquette de Limoux “Le Berceau”

I asked the folks over at Triage to set me up with an inexpensive dry sparkling wine that would retail for around $14 to compete with the Gruet, as usual they delivered. The wine is 100% Mauzac, a local white grape used mainly for sparkling wine production, made in the Methode Traditonnelle where secondary fermentation…Continue Reading

2005 La Sauvageonne Pica Broca Coteaux du Languedoc

Installment #2 of Triage wines I bought to drink and observe. It’s obvious Dieter has a sick palate, and I like to take advantage of that, and the fact that there are others that specialize in specific areas and my wine education is more broad than narrow. All I could find is that this is…Continue Reading