A Lighter Hand in Languedoc #Winophiles

The Languedoc-Roussillon (image courtesy of https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Languedoc-Roussillon_wine)

French Winophiles Search for Sustainable / Organic Languedoc Wines
This month, our French Winophiles accepted the assignment to find sustainable / organic / biodynamic wines from the Languedoc region of France. Finding wines from lesser known regions can be a challenge, so we are welcoming any posts featuring Languedoc wines, but we are hoping our writers have good success finding worthwhile wines. The Languedoc region enjoys a Mediterranean climate with most rain falling during the winter and long sunny summers. These conditions support organic agriculture and viticulture. In recent years, Languedoc growers have embraced organic approaches and it has become one of the leading regions in France with 23% of the vineyard area conducted organically or in conversion and 73 certified biodynamic estates.

Domaine Taillandier – Organic wines from Languedoc

Domaine Taillandier
Benjamin Taillandier farms in the Minervois region within the Languedoc. While typical Minervois red wines are full bodied with high alcohol, Benjamin feels there is another way by harvesting a time to produce lower alcohol and pursuing lighter extraction. Highlights of his process include:

  • Certified organic viticulture
  • Hand harvest into 15kg bins with field sorting
  • Native yeast fermentations
  • Aging in large casks and amphora
  • Wines are unfined and unfiltered
  • Low dosage of sulfur-dioxide at bottling
Viti Vini Bibi Minervois AOC is made for early enjoyment up to 5 years from vintage

Domaine Benjamin Taillandier Viti* Vini Bibi Minervois AOC 2018 ($27 at Henry and Son) 13% abv
The wine is a blend of Grenache, Cinsault and Carignan
Eye: Medium ruby
Nose: Medium plus intensity nose of fresh, ripe blueberries, blackberries, black plums, black pepper, clean earth, subtle sense of cedar.
Mouth: Dry, medium plus acidity, medium refined tannins, medium body, medium alcohol, medium plus flavor intensity highlighted by the blueberries and black pepper.
Observations: A Mediterranean red wine that remains fresh and light on its’ feet. This wine was excellent with our pizza after a long drive up to the lake.

Papa Murphy’s Pizza with Viti Vini Bibi
After participating as video production crew at (informal) Survivor Minnesota 2022 and a long drive from the event, we were happy to throw a freshly made take & bake pizza into the oven. The Viti Vini Bibi tasted great with our pizza by the lake.

Laguzelle is intended for consumption up to 3 years from vintage

Domaine Benjamin Taillandier laguzelle* Vin de France 2020 ($22 at Henry and Son) 12.5% abv
The wine is a blend of Cinsault, Syrah and Carignan
Eye: Medium ruby
Nose: Medium plus aromas of fresh ripe blackberry, black plum, fig, cooked fig (fig newton cookie), smoke, charcoal.
Mouth: Dry, refreshing high acidity, medium plus very fine grain tannins, medium body, medium alcohol, medium plus intensity flavors, medium plus finish. Flavors follow the nose with fresh ripe black fruits with refreshing acidity.
Observations: A welcome way to enjoy a deeper flavored wine in the summer, as it remains medium in both body and alcohol.

Domaine Taillandier laguzelle* with Grilled Lamb Chops with Herby Yogurt Sauce
Domaine Taillandier’s lighter approach to Languedoc reds seemed like the perfect pairing for summertime lamb chops from the grill, and it didn’t disappoint! I had fun recreating the big feature photo of this Food and Wine recipe. My sauce ran a bit more than theirs, but I can assure you it tasted just fine. If lamb isn’t your thing, this recipe would be excellent with beef or even chicken skewers.

French Winophiles Explore Low Intervention Languedoc
Take a look below at the wines our writers found, you’re sure to see something intriguing. Then, why not join our chat on Saturday Aug. 20? We chat on Twitter at 10-11am CDT at the tag: #winophiles. You can join in the conversation or simply follow along. We’d love to hear your thoughts.

Comments
4 Responses to “A Lighter Hand in Languedoc #Winophiles”
  1. robincgc says:

    Every time we do a virtual visit to Languedoc, I realize how much there is to explore here! Such a diverse area for wines and topography. Thank you for leading us on this journey. I am going to try that lamb recipe with chicken thighs!
    These wines sound delicious, I love that these were “fresh” red wines. They sound perfect for a summer evening on the lake. (Your lake views are stunning).
    On a side note, your footage of Survivor Minnesota looked fun!

  2. Wendy Klik says:

    As soon as I was done reading your article I went to my total wine shopping page and punched it in, thinking it would be perfect for next month’s theme. Sigh……they don’t carry iDomaine Benjamin Taillandier here in Michigan. So frustrating…….
    The wine sounds lovely and the lamb dish is calling to me.

  3. Jane says:

    Pizza up north is always a good idea. It sounds like your wine was a great pairing. Awww, but the lamb with herby yogurt sauce recreated from the pages of Food & Wine magazine that get my attention!

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