Hot value wine region: Coteaux du Languedoc

Wine — By KF Louis on September 30, 2009 at 3:58 pm

For most Americans, France’s Coteaux du Languedoc region is below their value wine radar.  That’s because CdL made nothing but plonk for decades and because the sub appellations (and their varietals) are usually hard to pronounce.  But recently, the region’s winemakers have put their attention to quality over quantity and have started turning out some memorable wines.

If you are unfamiliar with the wines of Coteaux du Languedoc, I highly recommend you find a knowledgeable retailer who can put a few good examples in your cart, such as these from K&L Wines:Guillemarine picpoul

negly2006 Chateau de la Negly Cuvee de la Falaise (CdL, La Clape). $12.99.  Think Cotes du Rhone red.  Negly is an awesome producer and this blend is no exception.  Made up of 55% grenache and 55% syrah, pair this with summer barbecue of beef and pork.

2008 Domaine de Guillemarine (CdL, Picpoul de Pinet). $8.99.  The grape is picpoul blanc, which supposedly means ‘lip stinger.’  Serve this in place of the next bottle of sauvingon blanc you plan to pour, and it may just become your summertime house white.  I served it three times in the past month and the crowds were wowed.  The best pairings were oysters on the half shell and a melon salad.

About My Picks:  I try every wine I mention in the section.  I would never recommend a value wine that I wouldn’t proudly serve at my house.

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