• 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.

  • AOP, IGP oder Vin de France ? WEINWIRTSCHAFT EXTRA

    Claude Vialade, Les Domaines Auriol, sieht als Vorteile der Vins de France den überregionalen

    Verschnitt, als Nachteil den »industriellen Ansatz« vieler Anbieter

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  • 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

    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."

    vinum igp wineguide

  • 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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