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  • Languedoc Report Wine Advocate Jeb Dunnuck

    Château Mauléon Vignes des granits 2015 : 88-90 points

    Premium Vieilles Vignes Carignan 2015 : 88 points

    1ères Vignes de Cicéron 2015 : 87 points

    2015 Chateau Ciceron • Corbières Les Premières Vignes De Ciceron Par Claude Vialade

    Checking in as a blend of 60% Syrah and 40% Grenache that spent eight months in 40% new barrels and the balance in older oak and stainless steel, the 2015 Corbières Les Premières Vignes De Ciceron Par Claude Vialade offers up enjoyable notes of smoked herbs, plums, chocolate and baking spices. With medium to full-bodied richness, a rounded, fruit forward style, it’s ideal for drinking over the coming handful of years.

     

    2015 Roussillon Villages Caramany Château Mauléon Vignes Des Granits

    The 2015 Côtes du Roussillon Villages Caramany Château Mauléon Vignes Des Granits is a blend of Syrah and Grenache that will see 18 months in new barrels before being bottled. It’s a medium-bodied, silky, pure barrel sample that has classic cassis and darker fruits, plenty of licorice and spicy oak, with fine tannin and excellent overall tension and focus.

     

    2015 Les Domaines Auriol • Côtes Catalanes Claude Vialade Premium Vieilles Vignes Carignan

    Coming from 50-year-old Carignan vines, the 2015 Côtes Catalanes Claude Vialade Premium Vieilles Vignes Carignan is a great example of the variety and exhibits textbook black and blue fruits, violets and spice in a medium-bodied, supple and downright charming package. At 13 bucks, it’s a total steal, and is ideal for readers looking to taste pure old vine Carignan!

  • IGP Sud de France 150 hot top tips from Languedoc by Vinum Wineguide

    Vinum
    May 2017

    3 greats notes for our wines in the latest Vinum Wineguide Add On Special Languedoc 2016-2017

    Le Jour et la Nuit Carignan 2015 : 17 points

    Vignes rares Ciceron l’Albarino 2015 : 16 points

    Plo des Vents Vignes Centenaires Carignan 2012 : 15.5 points

    "Don’t forget that IGPs were created as an upgrade to the old Vin de Pays designations. These had their place and were also used for products of clear geographical origin, inexpensive, easy-drinking, excellently made, some blended from old local grapes and some from new varieties."

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  • Tasting Sparkling wines Crémant by David Crossley's Wide World of Wine

    David Crossley's Wide World of Wine

    Last week, we were in London for a wine tasting organized by Business France only about Crémant : french sparkling wines.

    We find this article on David Crossley's Wide World of Wine website :

    Domaines Auriol, Crémant de Limoux

    Domaines Auriol is owned by the Vialade-Salvagnac family, but they make wine all over the South of France, at a number of estates. Their Limoux wines come under the Maison Vialade label, but are made at an estate called Terres Blanches, which the family acquired in the 1980s.

    Crémant de Limoux is not one of the better known Crémants, but has an increasingly good reputation based on one or two up-and-coming estates. The terrain can be hilly and the best fruit is grown at elevation, benefiting from cooler night time temperatures. This version, 70% Chardonnay with 20% Chenin Blanc and 10% Mauzac, is very fruity but with an elegance which I’d put down to Limoux Chardonnay (which in the region’s best still white wines can be exceptional). The wine gets 15 months on lees and it has genuine character.

    Auriol were the only people to sneak in some still wines. I couldn’t resist trying two unusual IGP Aude wines, a white Albariño and a red Marselan under the “Jardin des Vignes Rares de Ciceron” label. The Albariño had a lovely nose and was a good example of an easy drinking version of the Galician grape. The Marselan (a Grenache-Cabernet Franc cross) was purple in colour with sappy fruit. Both good gluggers.

      

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  • Neue Sorten im Weinberg

    revue Frankreich Spezial

    In Frankreich haben es Neuzüchtungen unter den Rebsorten schwer, sich durchzusetzen. Wir erläutern, welchen es gelang. Aktuell zeigen die französischen Winzer auch großes Interesse an pilzwiderstandsfähigen Sorten: ein effektiver Weg für den Umweltschutz.

    In den Corbières hat Claude Vialade den Marselan in ihren Jardin de Vignes Rares de Cicéron aufgenommen. Einen Teil davon lässt sie den biologischen Säureabbau im Barrique vollziehen, was dem Rotenneben Kirsch- und Kräuternoten auch eine gewisse Würze verleiht.

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  • De ziel van de Languedoc in WineLife Magazine

    Wat typisch bourgogne is, daarover zijn wijndrinkers het wel eens. Maar wat is nou een typische languedoc-wijn ? Winelife maakt een rondje door de zuid-franse streek en doet een poging de ziel van de bekende slobber te vangen.

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  • Plo des Vents estate in Dallas Morning News

    Dallas morning news

    The local name for the estate is Plo-des-Vents, which refers to the protection the mountain provides to the vines from the storms that blow from the Atlantic Ocean toward the Mediterranean.

    The vines have been farmed organically for several years and were certified biodynamic in 2014.

    Domaine Plo-des-Vents, Hauterive IGP, Vignes Centenaires, Carignan 2011 ($49.99, Pogo's and Sigel's) is made from 100-year-old vines. Carignan from old vines is considered to be best, because the yield is naturally small, and the grapes get fully ripe, losing green flavors and gaining ripe tannins.

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  • WeinWritschaft Magazin - Nachhaltig dynamisch

    WeinWritschaft Magazin - Nachhaltig dynamisch

    WeinWritschaft

    Nachhaltig dynamisch

    Während mehr und mehr Erzeuger in der Region wenn nicht biologisch, dann doch nachhaltig arbeiten, ergänzen sie ihr Angebot mit leichteren, frischeren Weinen

    Mit dem Heritage Montmila ehrt Claude Vialade ihren Vater Jean, der ab 1970 im Dorf Ribaute den Bioweinbau einführte und das Familiengut damals umstellte. Auch wenn heute über 30 Prozent der 8 bis 10 Mill. jährlich abgefüllten Flaschen Biowein sind und einen starken Zuwachs verzeichnen – zum Beispiel mit der gelungenen Reihe Elegantly Organic –, hat sich Domaines Auriol vor allem durch Partnerschaften mit konventionellen Winzern und Kooperativen entwickelt, nicht zuletzt dank des guten Gespürs ihrer Chefin für das, was Exportkunden suchen. Mit dem Jahrgang 2015 kommen die ersten Weine des experimentalen Jardin de Vignes Rares de Cicéron heraus, darunter ein saftig-süffiger Marselan und ein intensiver, knackig frischer Albariño.

  • Tasting notes in Selection Magazine - Wein-Magazin

    Maison Vialade Chardonnay IGP Pays d'Oc

    Chapelle de Montmija Syrah IGP Pays d'Oc

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  • AOP Limoux Organic Wine of the month in Expressen news Sweden

    AOP Limoux Organic Wine of the month in Expressen news Sweden. A great Chardonnay to discover !

  • Hochwertige rotweine aus der pays d'oc igp - Sommelier Magazine Meiningers

    Sommelier

    Maison Vialade Cabernet Pays d'Oc IGP 2015

    "Beerige nase mit pfeffernote; im mund viel frucht mit guten, geschliffenen tanninen; beeriges finale, sehr lecker!"

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