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2014 Pays d'Oc Rouge “Cuvée Garsinde”

La Grange de Quatre Sous

2014 Pays d'Oc <i>Rouge</i>  “Cuvée Garsinde” La Grange de Quatre Sous - Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant
A Swiss woman and a Senegalese man walk into a winery... No, this is not the start to some strange joke; rather, it is the unlikely story of Hildegard Horat and her husband, Alioune Diop, proprietors of La Grange de Quatre Sous in the picturesque highlands of the Languedoc. In addition to farming organically, the pair takes judicious freedom in their choice of grape varieties. This unusual blend of Malbec, Syrah, and Cabernet Franc is fermented with native yeast in stainless steel for a maximum expression of young fruit. And now for the punch line: aromas of crushed blackberry, licorice, and pepper in an inky dark yet wholly refreshing rouge. Oddly delicious! –Anthony Lynch
$19.00
Vintage: 2014
Bottle Size: 750mL
Blend: 60% Malbec, 30% Syrah, 10% Cabernet Franc
Appellation: Vin de Pays d’Oc
Country: France
Region: Languedoc-Roussillon
Producer: La Grange de Quatre Sous
Winemaker: Hildegard Horat
Vineyard: 18 to 20 years, 1 ha
Soil: Clay, Limestone
Aging: Wines are aged in foudre and barrel for 2 years
Alcohol: 13.5%

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About Languedoc-Roussillon

Ask wine drinkers around the world, and the word “Languedoc” is sure to elicit mixed reactions. On the one hand, the region is still strongly tied to its past as a producer of cheap, insipid bulk wine in the eyes of many consumers. On the other hand, it is the source of countless great values providing affordable everyday pleasure, with an increasing number of higher-end wines capable of rivaling the best from other parts of France.

While there’s no denying the Languedoc’s checkered history, the last two decades have seen a noticeable shift to fine wine, with an emphasis on terroir. Ambitious growers have sought out vineyard sites with poor, well draining soils in hilly zones, curbed back on irrigation and the use of synthetic fertilizers and pesticides, and looked to balance traditional production methods with technological advancements to craft wines with elegance, balance, and a clear sense of place. Today, the overall quality and variety of wines being made in the Languedoc is as high as ever.

Shaped like a crescent hugging the Mediterranean coast, the region boasts an enormous variety of soil types and microclimates depending on elevation, exposition, and relative distance from the coastline and the cooler foothills farther inland. While the warm Mediterranean climate is conducive to the production of reds, there are world-class whites and rosés to be found as well, along with stunning dessert wines revered by connoisseurs for centuries.

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For the wines that I buy I insist that the winemaker leave them whole, intact. I go into the cellars now and select specific barrels or cuvées, and I request that they be bottled without stripping them with filters or other devices. This means that many of our wines will arrive with a smudge of sediment and will throw a more important deposit as time goes by, It also means the wine will taste better.

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