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%
Wine and Spirits The Year's Best Buy Rosé Wines for summer : Chateau Cicéron Corbières
Our Château Cicéron rosé 2017 is part of the selection of the 100 best rosés of the year in the latest issue of the magazine US Wine & Spirits.
He scored 89 points. Delicious, Representative
Well-made, pleasurable and true to its region or variety.
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Claude Vialade, Les Domaines Auriol, sieht als Vorteile der Vins de France den überregionalen
Verschnitt, als Nachteil den »industriellen Ansatz« vieler Anbieter
Wine & Spirits Châtelaine Saint Auriol rosé 2016 : 90/100
Pale and lavender scented, this has body and breadth to its berry flavors, as well as a crisp, crunchy acidity that keeps it refreshing. A blend based on cinsault, with syrah, grenache and mourvedre, this come from Claude Vialade's family estate, 106 acres stretching across the higher elevations of the Orbieu valley.
Parador Selections, Berkeley Heights NJ
Article Wine & Spirits : 2016 VALUE BRANDS OF THE YEAR
Les Domaines Auriol Currently converting more of their estates to organics
Finding an affordable wine isn’t as big a challenge as you might think. Just ask our critics, who tasted upwards of 15,000 wines this year, recommending more than 1,000 priced eighteen dollars or less. When we considered all brands with two or more recommendations in that price range, the best performers stood out as our Value Brands of the Year.
Claude Vialade ran the Corbières AOC syndicate until 1995, then parlayed her knowledge of the region into a negociant company. Today, that company puts out about 12 million bottles of wine from estates across the south of France. Red is where it’s at: The Terrasses du Domaine from the Plos des Vents (certified biodynamic) estate in Corbières ($16) feels sunny and southern; the 2014 Fitou Château Candide ($11) smells of garrigue, with succulent red fruit.
Imported by Wines With Conviction, Dallas, TX
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
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."