When did you last fall in love? Yesterday? Twenty years ago?
If you love wine, there’s a good chance you’ll fall head over heels for the diversity and value for money in the Languedoc region, southern France
The Languedoc Roussillon Sud de France Top 100 wine competition was launched to choose the best of the region, overseen by UK wine expert Tim Atkin MW.
A wine dinner at Kettners in Soho, London introduced some winners. Three top picks from the evening were:
Delmas, Passion 2009, Cremant de Limoux, £12.99 Vinceremos. The cooler Limoux area produces excellent sparkling wines from Chardonnay, Chenin and Mauzac. A classy party wine.
Tesco Finest Picpoul de Pinet, 2012, £7.99 Tesco. In its distinctive, slim ‘neptune’ bottle, Picpoul (known as ‘lip stinger’) is a lively, fresh white. Superb value as an aperitif or with seafood and antipasti.
La Jasse Castel, 2011, Terrasses du Larzac, £16.00 The Wine Society. This small, higher region can make some very elegant reds. A refined Syrah, Grenache, Carignan blend, perfect for fillet steak.
There is a also wine competition called Coup de Coeur ie ‘love at first sight’, for Languedoc Roussillon French wines. The Coup de Coeur took place at the beautiful UNESCO site, Pont du Gard. Female journalists chose their favourites. See the winners here, with details of the competition.
The winning rosé wine was Capimont Vallée des Aromes, IGP Haute Vallée de l’Orb, made from Cabernet Sauvignon, £6.90 from UK merchant Ranmore Wines in Dorking, website here.
The Languedoc Roussillon is an excellent wine tourism destination, easy to visit from the UK, with airports Carcassonne, Toulouse, Montpellier and Perpignan. The TGV train is also a good way to travel, details here and Eurostar for the London to Paris part of the journey.
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