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Posted on 13/05/2016 by quentinsadler

Clairette – a surprising white grape from the Languedoc

Whilst in the Languedoc recently I was able to go on lots of study trips of the wine areas and also to attend quite a few masterclasses – in fact I have been thrilled this year to learn that the French, Croat and Slovene words for masterclass are, well, masterclass!

The beautiful Domaine La Croix Chaptal – photo courtesy of the winery.

One of the best of these masterclasses was about a little known white wine called Clairette du Languedoc. The appellation / PDO was created in 1948, making it the oldest white wine PDO in the Languedoc. Only one grape is permitted, the Clairette or Clairette Blanche, which is really only found in the Rhône, Provence and Languedoc regions. It is a low acid, but high alcohol grape, so can make pretty flabby wines if you are not careful with it. It is widely grown in the Southern Rhône, where it is used as a blending grape, including in Châteauneuf-du-Pape. The grape lends its name to the sweet sparkling Clairette de Die, despite only 25% of Clairette being allowed in the finished wine, the rest must be Muscat – originally it was 100% Clairette.

In the Languedoc two areas specialise in the grape Clairette de Bellegarde, in the far east of the region near the Rhône, and Clairette du Languedoc, just west of Montpellier. So troublesome was the grape that in the past it was often used as the basis of vermouth rather than being drunk on its own, and further back in history it was a sweet wine – the dry versions were apparently called Picardon and the sweet ones Clairette. Luckily though, as is so often the case, modern know-how has come to its rescue and in the Clairette du Languedoc zone a modest renaissance is underway. The sea is only 20 km away and sighting the vineyards to catch the sea breezes and the refreshing Tramontane wind is very important to retain freshness.

The appellation is the smallest in the Languedoc with just 100 hectares of vineyard and 18 producers, 7 of which are cooperatives, but it produces four styles of wine all from the single grape. Fresh, dry whites are made, as well as sweet versions, long wood aged rank wines and fortified Vins Doux Naturels. I tasted examples of all of these and truthfully found the sweet versions to be a bit light and lacking, which is a shame as there is more sweet wine made here than dry. The drier styles quite excited me though and I brought one back to show in a tasting and it excited everyone there too.

The beautiful Domaine La Croix Chaptal – photo courtesy of the winery.

2014 Domaine La Croix Chaptal Clairette Blanche 
Domaine La Croix Chaptal
AC / AOP Clairette du Languedoc
Languedoc
France

This delightful estate is owned by Charles-Walter Pacaud who hails from the Cognac region, but fell in love with Languedoc’s Terrasses du Larzac while studying winemaking in Montpellier. He managed to buy this estate which has a recorded history going back to the 10th century, but Gallo-Roman archeological finds in the vineyards suggest the land has been in use for a lot longer than that. Most of what he produces is either Coteaux du Languedoc, Languedoc or Languedoc Terrasses du Larzac, with just one hectare being Clairette, but they are old vines that give better concentration and they grow on well drained stony and gravelly soil.

Charles-Walter Pacaud tending his vines – photo courtesy of the winery.

The grapes are harvested by hand, as required in the appellation, destined and spend a little time macerating on the skins for flavour and texture development. 30% is aged in new oak on the lees, with the rest aged in stainless steel tank on the lees for 18 months.

The aromas are quite beguiling, very mineral, herbal – especially fennel and vanilla – together with honey, almonds, peach skin and light toast. The palate is more fleshy with some burnt orange and a mouth-filling texture. there is even a very attractive touch of Fino sherry about it, just a point of oxidation that makes it quite delicious. The finish is very long and mineral and the more you come back to this wine the better it gets. A wonderful discovery, try it if you can – 91/100 points.

This would be wonderful with rich fish dishes, shellfish with garlic butter, fish pie, Coquilles Saint Jacques, chicken and all manner of cheeses too.

Sadly this excellent wine is not available in the UK, so contact the winery direct. I cannot find any other examples of the region available here either, so make sure you try it when you are over there.
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Clairette Rancio November harvest 2009 **2 stars

Here is a sweet Clairette of the rancio type – an exceptional wine – harvested on a glorious day in November 2009. A wine as finely crafted as a jewel. Behind a bright amber colour, the powerful aromas will not surprise you: candied orange, gingerbread, fresh walnut and dried apricot. Its sweet, silky and very ripe mouthfeel is completed by great cocoa overtones. Goes well with a chocolate fondant

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The recommended winemakers in their appellation combine both talent and passion without being influenced by passing trends... everything that we appreciate

An estate divided into 20 ha of vineyard and 10 ha of woodland. “Being ecologically accountable while never giving in to any form of ideological fundamentalism” says the passionate wine-grower. “For example, ever since 2000, with other colleagues of mine, wine-growers in Terrasses du Larzac, we have developed integrating farming practice and we actively continue today. We aim at respecting the terroir in order to get the best out of it thanks to a natural grass cover, as little outside intervention as possible in order for the soil to fully live (worms, bacteria). We want te revive biodiversity, to find the best balance between the respect of the soil, of the air (by controlling CO2 emissions) and Man. We are looking for the pleasure of authenticity, we also let time do its work without speeding up”

The Coteaux-du-Languedoc Terrasses du Larzac cuvée Charles 2012 is true to itself. 35% Syrah, 35% Grenache, 15% Carignan and 15% Mourvèdre are grown on a soil of rounded stones and gravel with some red clay. The grapes are harvested by hand. All that contributes to produce this wine which shows body and tannins, a structure both dense and supple, overtones of violet, blackcurrant and prune. It is intense in the mouth, which also applies to this other Terrasses du Larzac Le Secret de Gellone 2012 (Carignan, Grenache, Mourvèdre and Syrah), a full-bodied wine with prevailing notes of leather and ripe blackcurrant as well as melted but very dense tannins. It combines colour and texture, has a pleasant spicy finish and evolves perfectly.

The Coteaux du Languedoc Les Sigillées rosé 2013, ever so fruity and combining sharpness and generosity. It is subtly spicy, both dry and voluptuous and full of aromas in the mouth. The Coteaux-du-Languedoc cuvée Terrasses du Larzac Les Terrasses rouge 2012, 35% Syrah, 35% Grenache and30% Mourvèdre shows integrated tannins and is as fleshy as is expected, generous and distinctive with its intense crimson colour and its notes of fresh red stone fruit and humus. The Coteaux du Languedoc cuvée les Sigillées blanc 2014 with its aromas of walnut and citrus fruit combines elegance, a powerful structure and a very good length. It is powerfully aromatic as is the Clairette Du Languedoc Clairette Blanche 2012 with its lingering and complex bouquet of peach and verbena. It is a fine and elegant wine with a pleasant fruity finish. Here comes the amazing Clairette Du Languedoc Rancio 2009, November harvest, traditional vinification in oak barrels, a 24-month ageing in barrels and 15 months in tanks. It displays a lingering bouquet of lime and dried apricot as well as fine generosity. It is complex and lingering in the mouth

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Cuvée Charles 2012 
Terrasses du Larzac - verre45 out of verre50

In the nose, black fruits like blackberry and cherry with liquorice and soft spices. In the mouth, dry fruits like date and raisins. Very ripe and voluptuous fruit but also an utterly mineral freshness. Superb balance. To be paired with lamb chops and ratatouille.

Les Sigillées Blanc 2014
Coteaux du Languedoc - verre40 out of verre50
Fresh fruit like pear, peach and mirabelle plum with slight aromas of rose. The mouthfeel is also fruity and slightly verging on stewed fruit. It is light with a buttery texture. To be paired with monkfish cheeks in parsley sauce.
 

The Coteaux-du-Languedoc Terrasses du Larzac Cuvée Charles 2010 (35% Syrah, 35% Grenache, 15% Carignan and 15% Mourvèdre on soils made of rounded stones, pebbles and some red clay – hand-picked grapes), characterized by hints of macerated red fruits and by a dense and lingering mouthfeel, goes perfectly well with a leg of lamb, for example.

There is also the Coteaux-du-Languedoc cuvée Terrasses du Larzac
Les Terrasses rouge 2012, with its melted tannins. It is as fleshy as it should be, rich and typical, with a deeply crimson colour and a fine scent (fresh red stone fruit, undergrowth…).

The Coteaux du Languedoc cuvée les Sigillées white 2013 blends aromatic richness and finesse with overtones of walnut and quince. It is indeed charming just like the rosé 2013 and the Clairette blanche 2013 wafting aromas of fresh almond and white peach.
 



Cuvée Charles 2012 Languedoc Terrasses du Larzac - 89/100

Garnet-red colour. Fine nose and discreet wood on a background of fig and soft spices. Very supple, well-balanced mouth. We can appreciate its genuine aromas that are beginning to evolve, its melted wood, its well-mastered warmth.

A high-flying Larzac.

Clairette Blanche 2013 –Clairette du Languedoc –88/100
Deep golden colour. Fine nose with white fruits, herb tea and almond. Supple and easy-drinking mouth with pure and authentic flavours. We are close to the texture and aromas. The body does not overwhelm everything on its way.

A white for gastronomy

Le Secret de Gellone 2012 Languedoc Terrasses du Larzac - 88/100
Garnet-red colour. Nose marked by typical aromas from Languedoc (fig, black olive, pepper, « garrigue »). A well-mastered structure goes along with refined and typical flavours far from being excessively warm and powerful.  
A lot of charm for this charming and tasty wine.

Les Terrasses 2013 Languedoc Terrasses du Larzac - 87/100
Fine deep colour with garnet-red tints. Clear-cut nose with ripe black fruits, spicy overall background. The mouth turns out to be particularly soft and supple with fruitiness dominating and also with freshness.

A voluptuous and easy-drinking Larzac, typical though.
 


This Domaine La Croix Chaptal Secrete de Gellone 2012:
This
is a domaine whose history is conveyed through the names of its cuvées recounting the religious past of viticulture in Languedoc.Déodat de Séverat, a monk from Gellone Abbey in St Guilhem-le-Désert, founded the domaine in the Xth century. Notes of bayleaf, a slight hint of spices , intense in the mouth with the elegance granted by the freshness and length of its tannins.
 

Cuvée Charles 2012 Terrasses du Larzac - 91/ 100
Ruby colour with garnet-red hints and even the very first signs of evolution on the brim of the glass. It is deep, limpid, bright and adequately viscous with numerous tears. The nose is expressive and open, it reveals the trilogy of Languedoc wines with aromas of stewed fruits (strawberry, raspberry, cherry), Mediterranean aromas which blend spices, juniper and “tapenade” and finally aromas resulting from ageing (soft spices, salted meat, new leather). Within this complex nose, there are also overtones of liquorice, tar and graphite. The mouth is in keeping with the nose with an expressive and juicy fruit, a well-balanced ageing and a Mediterranean identity which does justice to it. This wine is quite rich, harmonious, velvety and elegant while possessing a texture, the concentration and power of which have already been softened. It is entirely successful with a lingering finish completing that sunny palette.

D.V.E. opinion : typical Languedoc which already displays a great harmony and a velvety character.

Food & Wine pairing : veal kidneys with oyster mushrooms or a baked leg of lamb with ratatouille.

Le Secret de Gellone 2012 Terrasses du Larzac - 90/ 100
A sustained garnet-red hue with a young fringe, fine aspect. It is expressive in the nose with the blending of both ageing and fruity aromas. Little by little, the aromas of roasted coffee, smoke and cocoa beans make room for  stewed fruit and black berries (blackberry, blueberry and blackcurrant) as well as macerated stone fruit like morello cherry with chocolate. Aeration adds a balsamic dimension verging on black olive and Provence herbs. In the mouth, it is rounded and classy with a softened structure which appears today harmonious, full and velvety. Its tannins are melted while keeping their dense character. On the level of aromas, we find again the same complex balance between terroir and ageing for our greatest happiness. Here we have a fine Languedoc wine, well-made, well-aged and which, in our opinion, still has great years ahead of it.

D.V.E. opinion: an engaging Mediterranean character and a softened fine texture.

Food & Wine pairing: quails coated with black cherry jam along with roasted vegetables or stewed veal breast

Les Terrasses 2013 Terrasses du Larzac - 88/ 100
Rather deep colour close to that of bigarreau cherry, with already garnet-red hints. It is limpid and bright with numerous tears, it is pleasantly viscous. The nose is highly typical with Mediterranean and balsamic aromas (“garrigue”, thyme, bayleaf, eucalyptus and spices) as well as overtones of cooked fruits not to say aromas of slightly macerated morello cherry and sloe. When aired, you can perceive flavours of salted meat, cade and liquorice. The mouthfeel is rich and full-bodied with a rather fleshy impression and intensely expressed black fruits. After it has evolved, you can feel structure, concentration with a generous texture and a genuine tannic foundation. Such density and texture as well as definite Mediterranean character are greatly appreciated. This is quality wine with tannins which are clearly expressed in the finish.

D.V.E. opinion: this is a very typical, highly-born wine which can either be appreciated now with a substantial dish or for which one can wait a little.

Food & Wine pairing: baked pork or barbecued beef ribs

 


 

 CLAIRETTE DU LANGUEDOC

 

 

 TERRASSES DU LARZAC

 

 

 

 

PRESS REVIEW 2013
 

The Kitchen - Wine of the Week - Les Terrasses 2009 Terrasses du Larzac

This 2009 red wine "Les Terrasses" from Domaine La Croix Chaptal is a perfect example of the excellent quality wines you can buy for less than $20 per bottle.

The Languedoc is the source of some of the best value, good quality wines. Once regarded as a source of poor quality bulk wine, the Languedoc wine industry has truly been revolutionized.

While I have long been a fan of Languedoc wine, it was really last summer when we spent three weeks in the region that I really grasped the impact of the quality revolution. This red wine is no exception. It is bright and refreshing with crisp acidity. Its crunchy, suede-like tannins frame the bounty of fruity flavors that explodes on the palate: blackberry, cassis, wild raspberry and bramble fruit. The texture is plump and the wine has a generous mouthfeel. But this wine is not just about the fruit; it has a distinct minerality which prevails across the palate and savory, wild herb and juniper notes that add complexity and a long, lingering finish.

At the Table

When tasting this wine, my mind immediately imagined a dish of braised wild boar, something hearty and warming to complement the wild side of the wine. If wild boar is not your thing try beef or lamb, or for the more adventurous readers, why not pair it with Faith's recipe for Braised Goat Shanks with Prune, Shallot and Brandy Reduction. A truly delicious combination!

Mary Gorman-McAdams, MW (Master of Wine)


 

 

Clairette Blanche 2010 Clairette du Languedoc – 84/100 

Light golden yellow colour. A nose of white fruit with a hint of almond. A classical style, a rather round wine blending fruity aromas and slightly bitter notes. Fish in creamy sauce on the menu.

Les Sigillées 2011 Languedoc Rosé - 89/100

Light red colour. An inviting nose of ripe fruit, spices and mineral notes. Round and ample in the mouth, silky texture, a rich and well-balanced range of aromas. A very refined rosé to be served along with a fine dish.

Les Terrasses 2010 Languedoc Terrasses du Larzac - 87/100

Deep colour connoting youth. Intense nose with notes of Mediterranean olive-based spread “Tapenade” and black cherry as well as a hint of chocolate and mocha. Ample and powerful in the mouth with intense aromas. A peppery hint improves its finish. This wine radiates the south, the sun.

Cuvée Charles 2009 Languedoc Terrasses du Larzac - 87/100

A brightly young colour. A fine nose with a chocolate woody aroma standing out against a background of stone fruit. Well-balanced mouth endowed with great freshness. As the woody character does not hide the fruit, we appreciate its typical and straightforward aromas. A well-mastered Larzac wine.

Witiza 2009 Languedoc Terrasses du Larzac - 89/100

Deep colour, connoting youth. Fine and heady nose, delicate blending of cherry in brandy, spices and mocha. Mellow and supple mouth, delicate aromas coated with freshness. A refined Larzac wine for a most elegant match between dishes and wines.
 

Clairette Blanche 2010 – * (one star)

Charles-Walter Pacaud proves that Clairette-du-Languedoc can also stand up to Time thanks to this cuvée, one part of which is vinified in tanks and the other in barrels, and which is then left to mature slowly on fine lees. This cuvee is arrayed in a straw yellow colour and gives off a bouquet both floral and fruity as well as mineral and licorice. In the mouth, roundness dominates, in a way echoing the rounded stones and pebbles of the Villafrancian terrace upon which Clairette Blanche thrives. Here it is in no way heavy, thanks to a fine liveliness which gives energy to the whole wine. Today or in two to three years’ time, it will go well with seafood in garlic butter or an angler with bacon for example.
 

Very charming and well thought-out, the wines from this domaine definitely get off the beaten tracks and deserve to be tasted on account of their outstanding capacity to accompany meals.

Clairette Vieilles Vignes 2010 – 14,5/20

Certainly the best cuvée of the domaine, characterized by both the bitter and smooth quality of this variety that is particularly well handled here.

Les Sigillées Blanc 2012 – 13/20

Fresh and tight white wine supported by notes of citrus and exotic fruit as well as hints of bitterness. It will prove to be a worthwhile experience with the fat oysters from the Thau basin enjoyed under a shady arbour.
 

DUSSERT-GERBER

TOP APPELLATION COTEAUX-DU-LANGUEDOC
Domaine la
CROIX CHAPTALPREMIER GRAND VIN CLASSÉ

A genuine and very steady quality.Undeniable know-how and quality-price ratio. Great “favourite wines”.

An estate spreading over 25ha of vineyards and 10ha of woodland. The different plots, ideally situated a few hundred yards from the cellar, are hand-harvested by a team of around fifteen people. Thus, the first sorting out of the grapes can be carried out in the vineyard. Although the owners previously worked in wine-making companies known for their innovations, they do not hesitate to revive the tradition when the latter can bring about improvements quality-wise. Hence, the red wines are the result of long macerations, of the natural decantation due to winter frosts and of a second fermentation when the first sunrays appear in spring. Traditional ageing in oak barrels goes along with regular topping up. Excellent Coteaux-du-Languedoc cuvée Terrasses du Larzac La Grive et l'Ortolan rouge 2009 mainly made from Grenache, Carignan and Syrah. Hand-picked harvest with systematic sorting out, traditional vinification with a very short stay in barrels. This wine is well-structured with aromas of small red stone fruit and smoked wood prevailing in the nose. It is a powerful wine evolving in a very promising way. The Coteaux-du-Languedoc Terrasses du Larzac Cuvée Charles 2009 (36% Syrah, 25% Grenache, 20% Carignan et 19% Mourvèdre on a soil of rounded stones and gravel with some red clay, hand-picked harvest), is characterized by notes of macerated red berries and a plump and lingering mouthfeel. It goes perfectly well with a leg of lamb. There is also the Coteaux-du-Languedoc Terrasses du Larzac cuvée Les Terrasses rouge 2009 which proves as intense in the nose as in the mouth. It is finely concentrated, its cherry-like nose is slightly spicy and still a little closed. Fine Clairette Du Languedoc 2010, 100% Clairette blanche, exhaling subtle aromas of almond and linden, a smooth but lively character with the same fine floral mouthfeel as the Coteaux-du-Languedoc Les Sigillées rosé 2012 which combines freshness and elegance and whose mouth is subtly aromatic and lingering (newly redesigned label). Do not hesitate.
 

Witiza 2009 Terrasses du Larzac - 91/ 100

Fine garnet color, of medium intensity, bright and shining, fine-looking. The nose is both pleasant and inviting. It combines on the one hand very ripe, almost candied red berries: strawberry and raspberry, black berries : blackberry, blueberry; all that blended with notes of scrubland and sweet spices: vanilla and cinnamon with a slight touch of mocha. The mouth reveals a well-structured wine, full-bodied and plump. At first, the palate is ample and round with a pure and precise expression of small black berries. When evolving, the mouthfeel remains rather crunchy and dense, the tannins are then obtrusive but noble and fine. This wine seems still young, however there is already a harmonious feeling in spite of its robust and solid character. It will delight the amateurs of strong sensations who are also attached to a certain decency and restraint, even in a display of strength. One thing is certain, it has the necessary qualities: great fruit, fine acidity and a rich texture to delight our palates.

D.V.E. suggestion: For demanding amateurs who like full-bodied wines.

Food & Wine Pairing: Venison with sweet potatoes or marengo veal.

Les Terrasses 2010 Terrasses du Larzac - 89/ 100

Fine ruby color, still young, quite deep, bright and shining with fine tears. The nose reveals very ripe red berries : crushed strawberry, raspberry but also morello cherry, with notes of spices up to a mineral, licorice hint. Giving air confirms the first nose with undertones of "garrigue", animal flavours and black olives. Fine energy with an ample, round and fleshy start. The fruit is still present. Evolution shows power with a tight and dense mouthfeel and structured tannins that stand out but remain integrated to enough body. This wine is charming and harmonious but will become even better with a little more time.

D.V.E. suggestion: Very reliable quality Mediterranean wine.

Food & Wine Pairing: Braised lamb shanks with rosemary or wild duck with kumquat.

Clairette Blanche 2010 Clairette du Languedoc - 85/ 100

Fine straw colour with golden and silver hints, clear and shining, fine-looking. The nose conjures up white fruits and stewed fruit on a vanilla and dried fruit background, and even a buttery note. The mouth is supple and fat, and reveals the rich character already perceived in the nose. The evolution is in the same tone with a full-bodied and generous texture as well as a suave expression. Well-balanced and well-made.

D.V.E. suggestion: Fat wine to pair with a fish in sauce.

Food & Wine Pairing: Sole fillet with supreme sauce or grilled turbot with seafood sauce.
 

Witiza 2009 Terrasses du Larzac -

A fine nose of roasted raspberry, spices and pepper, notes of mint and « garrigue ». The mouth is full-bodied, spicy, with notes of cherry, cocoa, toast and toasted tannins. To pair with partridge.

Les Terrasses 2010 Terrasses du Larzac -

A nose dominated by black cherry, balsamic notes and pinewood. A fleshy and fruity mouthfeel, with aromatic freshness and liquorice tannins. To pair with a casseroled veal chop.

Les Sigillées 2011 rouge Coteaux du Languedoc  -

Notes of « garrigue », spices, grilled red berries. The mouth is supple, aromatic, with cocoa tannins. To pair with grilled lamb.
 

Witiza 2009 Terrasses du Larzac Favorite Wines

This wine is outstanding! Charles-Walter Pacaud has been exploring the potential of his vineyard for more than ten years. His wines have quickly won over the amateurs of refinement; however, this time he plays on the stage of the great. This Witiza 2009 (25 €), in Coteaux du Languedoc Terrasses du Larzac, is an exception. The wine-grower explains that « It combines the fullness of Languedoc and the freshness of Terrasses ». Out goes the bounty of red berries; in the nose, right away this wine asserts itself as oriental with sandalwood, camphor, eucalyptus and white pepper. On the palate, you will recognize fine fruity flavours and above all extremely refined tannins that are chiselled and crunchy. Freshness prevails in the long, lingering finish. Mourvèdre, Syrah, Grenache and Carignan on rounded stones and gravel, a 20-hectolitre per hectare yield, a selected harvest, a long vinification in tanks and a thirty-month ageing period, including twelve to twenty-four months in barrels depending on varieties. This exceptional cuvée pays tribute to St Benoît d’Aniane (Witiza) who, in 782, allowed Benedictine abbeys to plant vines and to drink wine during meals, thus shaping the Languedoc vineyard. Indeed, right from the 5th century La Croix Chaptal estate belonged to Gellone Abbey in Saint-Guilhem-le-Désert.

 

This year again , the wine guides recommend Domaine La Croix Chaptal.
 

               GUIDE HACHETTE WINE GUIDE 2012

AOC Coteaux du Languedoc Rosé Papillon 2010– 2 stars

Charles Pacaud discovered the Terrasses du Larzac terroir while he was studying viticulture and oenology in Montpellier. His dream came true in 1999 when he bought this vineyard created by the Benedictine monks of Gellone Abbey in the Xth century. He manages the vineyard by applying eco-friendly methods : harvesting by hand, local yeasts, no chemical products. Here is a superb dark purple rosé with fuchsia glints, its nose is powerful and complex with aromas of red fruits ( raspberry, wild strawberry). It is round, soft and rich in the mouth. A slightly bitter final touch brings freshness and complexity. This is a charming rosé which can accompany a meal. Great combination with a fish pie from Sète ( tielle sétoise) or with grilled fish.

 

                BETTANE AND DESSEAUVE WINE GUIDE 2012

AOC Coteaux du Languedoc Rosé Les Sigillées 2009

At its best until 2012

The style of this rosé will please those who do not like rosés. With a touch of caramel when you first taste it, it may puzzle some people and delight those who appreciate a rather sweet final touch.One more year gives it surprising complexity.

It will prove to be a great experience with a meal.

 

               GILBERT AND GAILLARD GUIDE 2012

Clairette Blanche 2009 Clairette du Languedoc A.O.C. -  85/100

Rather deep golden colour. Fine nose with hints of hazelnut, almond and vanilla. Definitely round and lush in the mouth.  A mellow, juicy texture, very distinctive aromas of dried fruits. A white wine fit for a meal, it will go well with poultry in a cream sauce.

Les Terrasses 2007 Languedoc Terrasses du Larzac A.O.C. -  86/100

A concentrated colour with glints that bespeak evolution. A mature nose exhaling plum, black cherry and spices. The same impression of maturity is present in the mouth where stewed fruit is dominant. A straightforward and balanced Languedoc to accompany roasted meat or meats in sauce.

Cuvée Charles 2008 Languedoc Terrasses du Larzac A.O.C. -  88/100

A concentrated colour with slight orangey glints. Aromas of stewed fruit, spices and undergrowth in the nose. Perfectly mature mouth which is balanced and round and  puts forward distinct and typical aromas. Strength is present too, this is a fully achieved vintage indeed, ready to drink.

 

                 DUSSERT-GERBER GUIDE 2012

An estate spreading over of 25ha of vineyards and 10ha of woodland. The different plots, ideally situated a few hundred yards from the cellar, are hand-harvested by a team of around fifteen people. Thus, the first sorting out of the grapes can be carried out in the vineyard. Although the owners previously worked in wine-making companies known for their innovations, they do not hesitate to revive the tradition when the latter can bring about improvements quality-wise. Hence, the red wines are the result of long macerations,of the natural decantation due to winter frosts and of a second fermentation when the first sunrays appear in Spring. Traditional ageing in oak barrels goes along with regular topping up.

Fine Coteaux du Languedoc cuvée Déodat de Séverat 2006, low-yielding Syrah with a tinge of Grenache and Carignan. Every year, one or several plots are especially prepared for low yields (17 to 25 hl/ha).

Coteaux du Languedoc Les Sigillées rosé 2009 which displays a bright colour and a delicate nose with aromas of citrus and fresh fruit is indeed mellow and persistent.

Fine Clairette du Languedoc Vieilles Vignes 2008 Clairette Blanche, aged in new oak barrels (30%) and in tanks on lees (70%) which exhales undertones of ripe citrus fruit and narcissus, this wine is both mellow and lively.

Delicious Coteaux du Languedoc Les Sigillées Blanc 2010, a fine wine in which overall mellowness backs up a final touch characterised by aromas of fresh citrus fruit.

Coteaux du Languedoc Terrasses du Larzac Cuvée Charles 2008 ( about one third of each variety Grenache, Syrah and Carignan grown on soils of rounded stones and pebbles with some red clay) is harmonious in the mouth with noticeable tannins and complex aromas of small stewed fruits.

Fine Coteaux du Languedoc Rosé Papillon. Do not hesitate either.

 

               HUBERT GUIDE 2011

Cuvée Charles 2008  - hints of leather, of flower and ripe red fruits, of licorice. Softened and aromatic mouth with round tannins and freshness. Will go well with roasted beef.

Les Terrasses 2007  - nose on the wild side, hinting at leather, “garrigue” and laurel. Fruity and aromatic mouth with peppery tannins and a spicy final touch. Will go well with stewed game.

Clairette du Languedoc 2009  - undertones of very ripe peach but also smoky aromas along with a smooth and round, spicy and mature mouth. Will go well with salt cod puree.

 

               GUIDE FLAVOURS FROM FRANCE 2011

Clairette blanche 2008 - 90/100 intense, bright and clear golden colour and fine aspect. It has a great potential for evolution and shows great complexity with, in the nose, hints  of roasted grapes, floral aromas (acacia), aromas of dried fruits, of butter, of beewax and a smoky final touch. It is rich in the mouth and its attack is powerful, ample and rich. Its evolution conveys a welcome freshness and hints of dried fruits, the wood is perfectly mellow. The final taste is long and spicy verging on cinnamon and vanilla.

A fine white, for gastronomy - To be drunk : up to 5 years from now.

Wine and dishes : salmon and marinated shrimp brochette

Cuvée Charles 2006 – 89/100  bright, clear, deep garnet-coloured red with a few traces of evolution around the rim. The nose hints at blackberries such as almost macerated morello cherries combined with tinges of mild spices and garrigue. The mouth is ample and rather well-rounded to start with. The tannic structure is perfectly integrated and harmonious. This cuvée is well-structured and displays a double-faced character with a silky aspect and a great strength.

A great piece of work - To be drunk : up to 3 years from now.

Wine and dishes : young rabbit with small grapes in light brown sugar sauce.

Les Terrasses 2007 – 89/100  Deep cherry red colour , fine, bright and clear aspect. A nose which reveals hints of eucalyptus, garrigue and spices as well as almost stewed red  and black berries. After longer contact with air, tinges of animal smell and undergrowth appear. The mouth is surprisingly fresh and the overall impression is pleasant, rather well-rounded and well-balanced. The tannins are harmonious within a firm texture. The final touch is spicy.

Smooth approach of the Terrasses du Larzac – To be drunk : up to 3 years from now.

Wine and dishes : roast strips of chicken breasts.

 

7 years of citations from june 2000 (1st Vintageto septembre 2007…

 

Clairette du Languedoc - 27 citations

LE GUIDE HACHETTE 2001 2006 & 2007

GUIDE GILBERT & GAILLARD 2006 & 2007 (85/100)

GUIDE HUBERT DES VINS 2003 ***, 2005 ***, 2006 **** & 2007 ****

GUIDE DUSSERT-GERBERT 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006 & 2007 (1er Grand Vin Classé *****)

NECTARS & SAVEURS juin 2004

REVUE DES VINS DE FRANCE. novembre 2003 (les 183 meilleurs Languedoc)

CARNET DE DEGUSTATION BETTANE & DESSEAUVE 19 mai 2003 (7,5/10)

LE GUIDE DES MEILLEURS VINS A PETITS PRIX 2003 (8/10)

HORECA NEWS (BE) juin 2000 & 2002 et août 2003 (un Grand Cru du Languedoc!)

REVUE DES VINS DE FRANCE. Juin 2000 (ils l’ont bien mérité!) & 2002 (Nous avons beaucoup aimé)

MIDI LIBRE SPECIAL VIN décembre 2002 coup de cœur

RADIO France septembre 2002

MADAME FIGARO juillet 2001 (1 des 3 meilleurs…)

 

ROUGE Domaine - 6 citations

NECTARS & SAVEURS juin 2004

GUIDE DUSSERT-GERBERT 2002 (TB)

HORECA NEWS (BE) Juin 2000 & 2002

Via MICHELIN juin 2001

MAGAZINE VITI novembre 2001 (Coup de maître pour une 1ère « vinif »)

 

ROSÉ Domaine - 14 citations

GUIDE DUSSERT-GERBER 2003, 2004, 2005 & 2007 (1er Grand Vin Classé *****)

REVUE DES VINS DE FRANCE Juillet 2007 (16/20 = Grand vin)

PROFSCHIRIFT WINE &FOOD (NL) août – septembre 2003 ***(*)

TERRE DE VINS  juin -juillet 2000 ** et 2002 (1 des 18 meilleurs…)

HORECA NEWS (BE) juin 2000 & 2002 et août 2003 (un Grand Cru du Languedoc!)

 

CUVEE CHARLES - 30 citations                                   

LE GUIDE HACHETTE 2002 **, 2003 & 2006 *

GUIDE DUSSERT-GERBERT 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006 & 2007 (1er Grand Vin Classé *****)

GUIDE GILBERT & GAILLARD 2006 & 2007  (89/100)

GUIDE HUBERT DES VINS 2003 ****(*) & 2005, 2006 & 2007 ****

GUIDE « VINS ET SANTE » 2004 (un des 10 meilleur taux de polyphénols en Languedoc)

NECTARS & SAVEURS Juin 2004

MONDO WEINE DER WELT Mars 2006 & 2004 note 89/100

DECANTER (GB) mars 2003 ***

SAVEUR février 2003 ***

DMS DE STRANDAART (BE) juin 2003 *****

CARNET DE DEGUSTATION BETTANE & DESSEAUVE 19 mai 2003 (6/10)

HORECA NEWS (BE) juin 2002 et août 2003 (un Grand Cru du Languedoc!)

REVUE DES VINS DE FRANCE. 2001**(*), 2002 (Ns avons bcp aimé) 2003 et 2004 (Ns avons aimé)

REVUE TERRE DE VINS 2001 ( News), 2004 (14/20)

 

«LES ORIGINES» Seigneurie de Cambous  - 7 citations

REVUE TERRE DE VINS 2004 (15/20) & 2006

GUIDE HACHETTE DES VINS SELECTION 2004 & 2007 *

CARNET DE DEGUSTATION BETTANE & DESSEAUVE 19 mai 2003 (7/10)

REVUE DES VINS DE FRANCE. juin 2002 (Nous avons beaucoup aimé) & 2006 (à suivre...)

 

Vin Naturellement Doux « issu de raisins botrytisés » - 9 citations

GUIDE DUSSERT-GERBERT 2005 et 2004 (2ème Grand Vin Classé ****)

HORECA MAGAZINE (BE) septembre-octobre 2002

TERRE DE VINS décembre, janvier et février 2002

VINTAGE décembre, janvier et février 2002 & CIGARE & CO. décembre 2001

VINAVENIR novembre 2001 & OENOTRIA novembre 2001

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