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2020 Gard Rouge “Cru-Elles”

Ludovic Engelvin
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A young vigneron in a relatively uncharted part of the Languedoc west of Nîmes, Ludovic Engelvin has developed his own calculated approach to farming and winemaking rooted in sustainability and low intervention. He counts Dagueneau and Barral as his mentors and has extensive experience as a sommelier in fine dining restaurants, so don’t expect another hipster passing off murky, cidery potions as works of art—no, Ludo idolizes France’s great vins de terroir and strives for the purity and finesse found in the very best of them. This sweetly perfumed blend of Cinsault and Grenache is the perfect introduction to his craft.

Anthony Lynch


Technical Information
Wine Type: red
Vintage: 2020
Bottle Size: 750mL
Blend: 70% Cinsault, 30% Grenache
Appellation: Gard
Country: France
Region: Languedoc-Roussillon
Producer: Ludovic Engelvin
Winemaker: Ludovic Engelvin
Vineyard: 40 years average
Soil: Clay, Limestone, Sandstone
Aging: Aged in fiberglass and stainless steel tanks for 6 months until Spring bottling
Farming: Organic (practicing)
Alcohol: 14%

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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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