Tag Archives: Languedoc Wines

Petit Roubié Picpoul de Pinet

1 Mar

Roubie PicpoulChâteau Petit Roubié Picpoul de Pinet 2014, Coteaux du Languedoc, France. 13% ABV, $12/bottle. Made w/ organic grapes & certified organic by Ecocert France SAS.

I’ve been looking for a wine  like this for a while. No, it’s not a wine where the initial taste blows me away and it doesn’t remind me of a special time in my life. Instead, this is a delicate wine that is designed to pair well with food. As a matter of fact, I would not suggest you enjoy this wine on its own, as it would not show as well as it can with grilled or raw fish, especially shellfish, and similar lighter fare.

Color is pale straw with a green tinge and the nose offers wildflowers and lemon zest with hints of petroleum and raw steel. In the mouth, the fruit is citrus in the mid palate with strong acidity on the side and back palate. The finish is clean with tangy citrus, while a touch of fresh heat crosses the top palate and a surprising line of minerals that mixed and confused my palate: silica, schist, flint, marl, clay, halite, limestone, & sandstone. What a wine for ceviche, raw seafood, sushi, and gently cooked fish, or grilled chicken, or for your vegan friends, a plate of grilled asparagus and greens! This is a wine I’ve wanted so many times when I’m cooking a delicate fish course and I wanted a neutral, complementary wine, not a big bold fruit up front new world wine or a super expensive white burgundy.

For a choice that is certified organic, made with organic grapes, and a great complement for delicate food, I did not expect this to come in at under $14. But it did! I’ve had plenty of great surprises from the Languedoc region, so why not a picpoul blanc? Don’t believe me. Find a bottle and taste for yourself as long as you pair it with something light and fresh. You can thank me later. I’ll be finding more of this to stash for future meals, and bringing a few with me to the beach house, pre-chilled, twist-off tops ready for dinner service.

à votre santé!

 

Domaine de Brau Chardonnay, 2010

25 Feb

Domaine de Brau, Chardonnay 2010 (Astor Wines, $10/bottle)

This is a nice value chardonnay from the Languedoc region, a small vineyard north of Carcasonne, France. With a straw color and a nose of citrus and herbs, it has a dry palate with a well- balanced fruit blend of pear, apple, lemon, oak, and a touch of sandstone on the gentle finish. Organically grown grapes pressed lightly and aged in 50% new oak comprise this wine with enough body to stand up to rich, savory dishes and powerful cheeses while it can still complement lightly flavored courses of fruit or vegetables. This is a convenient bottle to have on hand when you want a hint of the Mediterranean.

Winemakers Gabriel and Wenny Tari have a website and blog with some very personable touches; if you want to explore it all a good understanding of French is helpful while some pages are indeed in English.

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à votre santé!

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