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2014 Le Pied des Nymphettes

Domaine Les Mille Vignes
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This is a dry white. The nose soars from the glass—wildflowers from the Mediterranean basin, if you ask me—with incredible finesse. A nymphette with class? On the palate: round, shapely, a slight bitterness like bay leaf, a salinity from the nearby sea, and great freshness. The flavors penetrate—unusual in white wines. Penetrate with finesse. Not a bad bumper sticker.

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Technical Information
Wine Type: white
Vintage: 2014
Bottle Size: 750mL
Blend: 70% Carignan Blanc, 20% Grenache Blanc, 2% Vermentino, 2% Malvoisie, 2% Clairette, 2% Colombard, 2% Macabeu
Country: France
Region: Languedoc-Roussillon
Producer: Domaine Les Mille Vignes
Winemaker: Jacques Guérin, Valérie Guérin
Vineyard: 30-40 years old
Soil: Clay, Limestone
Farming: Organic (practicing)
Alcohol: 13%

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About The Region

Languedoc-Roussillon

map of 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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Terroirs

Great winemakers, great terroirs, there is never any hurry. And I no longer buy into this idea of “peak” maturity. Great winemakers, great terroirs, their wines offer different pleasures at different ages.

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