Nick has discovered some superb new wines for 2008 in his quest to find wines as the perfect introduction to French wine. The wines from the Languedoc are great for first time wine drinkers. The Languedoc is one of France's up and coming wine regions and is famous for its garagiste wines and cult followings. The Languedoc produces wines with dense and complex aromas reflecting the diversity of the terrain. Blessed with some fantastic terroirs and micro-climates this is one of the most southern parts of France, facing the Mediterranean and looking on to the Pyrenees.
The Montagnac Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon are made by a small co-operative, Les Vignobles Montagnac, dating back to the 1930s and the vineyards stretch from the banks of Thau Lagoon to the foothills of the mountains on the right bank of the River Hérault where the ancient river bed stones are similar to those of Châteauneuf-du-Pape.
The vines are grown in small parcels on old terraces on limestone and clay slopes and are pruned using the Cordon de Royat which means that a single spur is trained along a wire allowing for plenty of sunlight to ripen the grapes and greater control over yields. The co-operative's motto is “the terroir of the sea” as the warm breezes from the Mediterranean nurture their grapes.
Montagnac Sauvignon Blanc
A terrific easy drinking wine made from a single grape variety: Sauvignon Blanc. Montagnac Sauvignon Blanc is a pale yellow gold in colour, with an attractive light orange tinge. It has aromas of honey, peach, apple and orange peel, with smoky and floral hints. In the mouth it has flavours of zesty lemon, herbs and spice, and a touch of caramel and crystallised fruit. Soft, but certainly not creamy, with superb balance and a very decent length.
Check out Nick's Blog: Discovering Montaganc Sauvignon Blanc if you'd like to know more.
A fruity and intense wine made from a single grape variety: Merlot. Montagnac Merlot is a dark garnet colour with lovely perfumed cherry aromas and a hint of dark chocolate. A whiff of grassy flavours mingles well with the ripe black fruit. It's well balanced and complex. Outstanding value.
A rich and velvety wine made from a single grape variety: Cabernet Sauvignon. Montagnac Cabernet is a rich ruby red with a superb intensity of ripe, blackberries with a touch of prune and cedar wood. It has a fruity aroma with a hint of green peppers and has soft, smooth tannins.
Produced in the historic Côtes de Castillon which is now the most fashionable of all the Bordeaux satellites, located east of Saint Emillion and made by a family owned property since the turn of the century. It is a fabulous source of tremendous values with some of Bordeaux's most talented wine producers setting up shop in the area.
Dark garnet in colour with the aromas of blackberry and plum compotés, leather and spices. Château Puyanché is a supple and complex wine, well balanced and silky. As an aromatic wine it will go well with Italian tomato and pesto pastas, roasted aubergines and moussaka and Asian cuisine.
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