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Languedoc-Themed Euro Lunch

We started with a sparkling wine, a Crémant de Limoux, and proceeded to a flight of dry whites, including two Picpoul-de-Pinets. A flight of verticals of L’Oustal Blanc and Mas de Daumas Gassac followed. The L’Oustal Blancs were very good, and the ’90 Daumas Gassac was terrific. We continued with a flight of younger reds, the best of which was the ’05 La Pèira En Damaisèla — quite a wonderful wine. We concluded with two peculiarly Languedocian sweet wines: a Rivesaltes and a Muscat de Saint Jean de Minervois Vin Doux Naturel. Continue reading

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Visit to Domaine Alain Chabanon

My lifelong friends Philip and Ida introduced me to the wines of Alain Chabanon on my first trip to the Languedoc in February ’06, when we not only tasted his wines with some bottle age on them out of Ida and Philip’s cellar at Rives Pres, their home in the Languedoc, but also at the Domaine. I had the opportunity to return to the Domaine on my recent third trip to the Languedoc this past May, to taste through Alain’s current vintages (followed by tasting of a couple samples of prior vintages over lunches at Rives Pres). Alain’s wines continue to impress, and I am not alone in thinking that he is one of the most talented winemakers in the Languedoc. Continue reading

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