Retour à Cascastel

J’ai découvert la cave des Vignerons de Cascastel il y a quelques années, à la faveur d’un voyage de presse à Fitou. Si tous les vins ne m’avaient pas emballé, à l’époque, certaines cuvées me semblaient prometteuses (L'Ame Soeur, par exemple, que Marc avait commentée ici même). Aussi, la perspective de déguster d’autres vins de …

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Trois Côtes-du-Roussillon-Villages avec nom de commune (et de coopératives)

C’est une véritable révolution viticole à laquelle on a assisté en Roussillon, ces 50 dernières années, et je ne suis pas sûr que tous l’aient tout à fait bien perçu. En 1970, la plus gros de la production de la région était encore constitué de Vins Doux Naturels. Les cépages, le climat, l’histoire, tout était …

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Haut Gléon improves thanks to a cooperative

I recently visited an estate in the Corbières whose wines I had previously found to be rather over-weight and under-elegant. Château Haut Gléon was then bought in 2012 by the cooperative structure Les Vignobles Fontcalieu, whose regional sources extend through much of the Languedoc region. The estate nestles in heavily woodied hills near the village …

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Creativity in Champagne, thanks to Pannier

Pannier is a Champagne brand that belongs to the group of Champagne cooperatives called Covama, and whose other brands include Jacquart, Collet and Montaudon. I have always considered the wines of Pannier, which is based in Château-Thierry, to be, overall, the best of this bunch and a recent visit there showed me also that, thanks …

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In praise of older wines, again

I have already written here about this topic, and maybe several times, such as here: (https://les5duvin.wordpress.com/2018/08/13/in-praise-of-some-older-wines/).  But I make no apology for returning to the subject once again, given its infinite variations and, to me at least, constant relevance to the range and depth of one's impressions from certain wines. I am convinced that we …

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Good cooperative wineries (2): Les Vignerons du Brulhois, South-West France

General map of France's southwestern appellations to show the position of the small Brulhois appellation concerned by this article. Following my first article 2 weeks ago, this second article in what will be an intermittant series dedicated to good cooperatives in France concerns a small cooperative winery near the Garonne river in south-west France. Brulhois …

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Good cooperative wineries (1): Cellier des Chartreux, Rhône

Most people are quite unaware of the fact that 50% of French wines are produced by cooperative wineries of variable sizes. Yet some people still persist in turning up their noses when you mention the fact that you have liked the wines (all or some) from such and such a cooperative. There is also our …

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