Mark Aselstine
 
May 24, 2011 | Mark Aselstine

Languedoc from Facebook

One of the aspects I like about our business is the ability to interact with customers and our Facebook Page offers that in a familiar format.

A good friend and Wine Exploration Wine Club member had the following to say:

“I am enjoying my second glass of the Domaine de Nizas GSM blend…one of my favorites from the wine club so far!”

First, thanks for the kind words Heather. We thought it was an interesting example of a GSM blend from a wine region which is still relatively unknown to American consumers.

Languedoc has been overshadowed for centuries by its more famous neighbors including Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne and even the Rhone Valley but the Languedoc is now becoming known as the area to look for to see experimentation and innovation in French wine.

To start, the Languedoc is huge. It currently produces about a third of all the wine crafted each year in France. For that reason, the region was once making wine which was cheaper than water for French citizens. The French government went so far during the world wars to provide a daily ration of the wine to its soldiers.

All of that changed in the 1980’s when a group of creative vintners realized that the climate in the Languedoc was very similar to the Southern Rhone Valley and Provence. It’s a warm climate which makes it incredibly easy to grow grapes which is both a blessing and a curse at the same time. Grapes which don’t struggle, hardly if ever make incredible wine. The question quickly became, how can vineyard sites be situated so that the night time temperatures allow the grapes to regain their acidity? As in many wine regions, the answer came with both altitude and the influence from a nearby body of water.

The top vineyards of the Languedoc are located in the foothill mountains overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. We had wanted to feature a GSM blend from the area because those varieties of grape are being planted in dramatically more places, but quality levels are also soaring. Plus, since many international consumers aren’t yet aware of the area prices are significantly less than a similar quality of wine being produced in the Rhone Valley.

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