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2015 Languedoc Rouge

Selected By Kermit Lynch

2015 Languedoc <i>Rouge</i> Selected By Kermit Lynch - Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant
Many of you loyal customers have probably kicked back a few bottles of our Kermit Lynch Côtes du Rhône over the years, but have you tried Kermit’s new Languedoc blend? It’s made by Jean-Claude Zabalia, a venerable vigneron whose wines we have imported for nearly three decades.

Like our Côtes du Rhône, this Languedoc red seems simple on the surface, but in fact, the combination of high-elevation, stony terroirs, thirty-year-old vines, and the savoir-faire of Jean-Claude and Kermit create a wine with depth and character. Brambly fruit, a brush of tannins, and an underlying earthiness make this wine versatile. It paired perfectly with grilled pork tenderloin on a recent Tuesday night in Berkeley.

Clark Z. Terry

$12.00
Vintage: 2015
Bottle Size: 750mL
Blend: 60% Syrah, 30% Grenache, 5% Cinsault, 5% Carignan
Appellation: Languedoc
Country: France
Region: Languedoc-Roussillon
Producer: Kermit Lynch Blends - Languedoc
Winemaker: Jean-Claude Zabalia
Vineyard: 30 years average, 3 ha
Soil: 70% Schist, 30% Clay-Limestone
Aging: Aged in 70% stainless steel tank, 30% wood (foudre, demi-muid, barrel)
Farming: Lutte Raisonnée
Alcohol: 13%

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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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2006 Vin Doux Naturel Rivesaltes “Fut de Cognac”

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2013 Le Pied des Nymphettes

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$90.00

2014 Languedoc Rouge “Les Cocalières”

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2015 Collioure Rouge “Puig Ambeille”

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2015 Languedoc Rouge “Lou Maset”

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2016 Languedoc Rosé “Garrigue”

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$17.00

2016 Corbières Rosé “Gris de Gris”

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2015 Fitou “Chasse-Filou”

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2013 Mont Baudile Rouge “Le Carignan”

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$36.00

2012 Fitou Rouge “Cadette”

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$45.00

2016 Corbières “Rozeta”

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2014 Saint-Chinian Blanc

Mas Champart  France  |  Languedoc-Roussillon  |  Saint-Chinian

$26.00

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.

Inspiring Thirst, page 312

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