MY NEW LOVE AFFAIR
Fans of rich reds will be delighted to hear that I’m joining the ranks. At least with the wines from these two Languedoc producers in the south of France. The LCBO seems to be having a love-in with Gerard Bertrand and Domaine La Fage (many offerings in recent months) and I suggest that you get in on the action.
While the Languedoc is best known for hefty reds, BERTRAND’s wine offer a brightness and charm not usually found in hot climate regions. On a visit to the winery last spring I tasted about twenty reds that all had the charm note. Bertrand is located in a unique terrior – on limestone, and next to the Mediterranean – which accounts for his reds having vitality and freshness, and in some cases a Pinot-like delicacy.
LA FAGE’s wine is also a charmer, but more concentrated. Traditional concrete tank fermentation (no oak) gives the wine delicious, bright spicy fruit flavours, and wonderful freshness. So gulpable. I love when a red can feel both nourishing and refreshing.
Both wines have super drinkability, are food-friendly with almost anything, and you’ll not find better fireside companions for the months ahead. In case you need to know, both are produced from the traditional south of France blend of Syrah and Grenache.
DOMAINE LA FAGE 14 ‘Cote Sud’, Cotes Catalanes, France 395236 Vintages $15.95
P.S. Only a few rooms left for our Languedoc tour next September! Read about it here.