Taste Languedoc by Rosemary George - IGP Pays d'Oc Pink Wines
Renaissance de Ciceron, Syrah **** 6.70€
This comes from Claude Vialade, who I would consider to be one of the most dynamic and energetic women of the Languedoc. We first met when she was the export director of the large group of producers, Vignerons Val d’Orbieu. She now concentrates her activities on her own family estates and négociant business. This comes from her own estate in the Corbières. Pure Syrah. Machine picked. Traditional fermentation. Pretty pink. Firm dry nose with fresh fruit on the palate; a little weight and a satisfying lift on the finish. An appealingly elegant glass of wine.
Montmija *** 8.50€
This is another wine from Claude Vialade. Again a pure Syrah. Cool fermentation in stainless steel vats. Light pink in colour. Quite ripe raspberry fruit and on the palate quite vinous, with red fruit, both raspberry and strawberry. Quite textured with some weight. A food rosé.
Belle du Sud ** 6.20€
Bottled by La Belle Occitanie, Claude Vialade’s négociant company. 70% Syrah, 30% Grenache. Orange pink colour. Quite creamy on the nose, and on the palate rounded, with some raspberry fruit and some body.
US Wine Enthusiast - Le Jardin des Vignes rares de Ciceron Cabernet Franc 2016
"There's a slightly gamy, meaty character upfront on the nose of this wine, with bold, black fruit tones to add support.Touches of green pepper, tobacco and tea add interest, as well as a hint of fresh coffee grinds. Plush and velvety in feel, it shows good structure and tannins, with lush black-fruit tones that ground the palate and ride through to the medium-length finish."
Vitisphere : Domaines Auriol support wine growers as they switch to organic
About creating organic and biodynamic vocations, Domaines Auriol promotes the new ‘CAB’ label (conversion to organic farming), registered by SudVinbio, which identifies wines in the second and third year of conversion. Claude Vialade has developed a pitch for trade distributors: “By buying these wines, they are guaranteeing a contract and sourcing for years to come”. She also has a selling point for consumers: “By buying this wine, they help winegrowers convert to organic”.
Read the full article on : https://www.vitisphere.com/news-88245-Domaines-Auriol-support-wine-growers-as-they-switch-to-organic.htm
Southern France's best by Tamlyn Currin
For the last six years, Sud de France, the organisation that champions food, wine and tourism in Languedoc and Roussillon, has held a Top 100 wine competition to find the best wines of the two regions.
Tamlyn Currin, from Jancis Robinson Team, took part in the judging of 634 wines from 210 producers. The tasting was blind and chaired by Tim Atkin MW.
We got a very great tasting note (17/20) from Tamlyn for our wine Vignes Royales 2016 :
Les Domaines Auriol Claude Vialade, Vignes Royales 2016 St-Chinian 40% Syrah, 30% Grenache Noir, 30% Carignan Noir. 17/20
Pure cherry fruit with a little top note of lovage. Lots of feisty garrigue herbaceousness on the palate and the fruit is gleaming bright. Polished to a shine. So fresh. So delicious. So good. A wine for the table. 13% Drink 2018-2021
Languedoc rosés in 2018 Tasting Notes from Jancis Robinson
Tamlyn Currin from Jancis Robinson team published a great article about 400 samples of Languedoc Rosé Wines tasted blind. You will read here 3 tasting notes about our rosé wines :
Les Domaines Auriol Claude Vialade, Maison Vialade Rosé Syrah 2017 IGP Pays d'Oc. 15/20
Very pale coral pink. Light raspberry and lemon nose. Medium but fine acidity. Crisp redberried fruit with lemon framework. Simple and short but fresh. Turns slightly sour on finish.
Ch Ciceron Claude Vialade, L'Orangerie Rosé 2017 Corbières. Syrah, Grenache and Cinsault. 16,5/20
Medium-pale coral pink. Lovely satsuma and raspberry nose going into a creamy, fruit-rounded palate with a brisk framework of lemon-sharp acidity. Every edge on this wine is snipped clean, in pleasurable contrast with the indulgent curves of the mid palate. Aperitif or table wine, this one will tick all the boxes.
Les Domaines Auriol Claude Vialade, Héritage Rosé 2017 IGP Pays d'Oc. Certified organic. 16,5/20
Very pale silvery pink. Heady rosé-petal perfume. Ripe cherry fruit, almost kirsch-like! Biting acidity, but there is enough sweetness of fruit to keep it in line. Long, tangy, coming down to a sharply bitter Seville-orange finish. Not what you’d expect from such a pale-looking wine.
Recommended Rosé Wine : Chateau Cicéron Corbières Languedoc 2017
In the August edition of Decanter Magazine, a great article about French rosé beyond Provence – 92 wines tasted: Find perfect pinks for summer drinking with a wide selection of bottles from across France.
"Our Château Cicéron Rosé Corbières 2017 is recommended with 86 pts and this tasting note : "Restrained nose of perfumed raspberry fruit. Palate has a soft texture, bright currant-style fruits and an attractive crisp acidity. Easy and charming."
My top 30: Languedoc whites by Rosemary George MW in Decanter Magazine
Publish in Decanter Magazine August 2018 :
"France’s far south is home to an abundance of traditional grape varieties, intriguing blends and alternative wine styles that will add a real point of difference to your summer white wine selection. With her new book on the region out now, Rosemary George MW picks 30 of the best to try"
Les Domaines Auriol Claude Vialade, Le Jardin de Vignes Rares de Cicéron, L’Albariño, Aude 2017 89
£16 Available via UK agent Myliko Wines
A grape variety we’re likely to see more of in Languedoc. Nose is delicate with a perfumed palate, fresh acidity and lightly peachy notes. Nicely balanced, a good aperitif. Drink 2018-2019 Alc 13%