Côtes du Roussillon Les Aspres, quand l’âpreté génère l’élégance

J’aime me balader dans le vignoble des Aspres. Rencontrer cette nature austère faite d’amoncellements de cailloux, de plateaux arides, de creux limoneux, où les ceps poussent avec difficulté. Sol ingrat, sauvage, entrecoupé de buissons et de haies qui n’empêchent guère les bourrasques de malmener autant les hommes que la vigne. Mais il est des terres …

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Back to Gascony 2: red wines

Last week I wrote about the main type of wine produced in this part of South-West France, namely dry whites. But my tasting of some 90 plus wines also included some reds and a few sweet whites. This week I will talk about the reds in more detail. Vineyard in the Gers at this time …

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Swiss wine: not all mountains but all drunk in Switzerland

So what comes to your mind when you think of Switzerland? Mountains and ski-resorts, watches, cows, cheese, chocolate, banks maybe? Some or all of these for sure, but probably not wine. Not surprising, since you'll have to hunt hard to find a bottle outside of this smallish but generally well-heeled and peace-loving country (less than …

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Why the Languedoc is successful: or is big beautiful after all?

Yes, France's Languedoc region, including at its southern extremity the Roussillon (which is managed separately, making things a little confusing at times as to the figures produced), is the biggest wine-growing region in the world, covering much of the land that lies just below the Massif Central and between the Spanish border to the south-west …

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Fitou and Picpoul: a red and white couple from the Languedoc

On the evening before the recent international (well, slightly international as most of the producers there were French) wine fair held in Paris and called Wine Paris, of which this was the inaugural edition, I went to a tasting organised by two Languedoc appellations, one devoted to red wines, and the other to white wines. …

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Syrah, son origine, fake ou vérité ?

Au symposium qui s’est déroulé au musée gallo-romain de Saint-Romain-en-Gal-Vienne, à la mi-janvier dernier, on nous en a raconté de bien belles… Si on résume, le ‘noble’ cépage de la Vallée du Rhône nord, qui a bien essaimé depuis sa naissance, serait issu de la Mondeuse blanche et du Dureza. Adieu l’extraordinaire La belle légende …

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Olivedale, miracle en Afrique du Sud

Miracle ou comment transformer une terre inculte, quasi désertique, en un vignoble luxuriant abritant en une poignée d’années une faune et flore qui avaient déserté les lieux depuis un bail. Sa situation Le vignoble se trouve à 200 km à l’est du Cap, en bordure sud du parc national Bontebok, avec les monts du Langeberg …

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