The new big thing – online wine days, dedicated to a different grape every time, you arrange, you invite, you drink, and you live to tweet and blog about it. So why is it that these days always seem to end up on days where I have to work hard? Ending up with conditions not ideal to wine tasting, and a bit more lonely that I think the whole (social media) idea about this was. To make matters worse, we ended up with the wine with probably the longest name in the history of wine – 2006 Domaine de l’Hortus Coteaux du Languedoc Pic St. Loup Bergerie de l’Hortus Classique – so much for all teachings on branding over the years….
Languedoc is the largest wine region in France (in fact, in 2001 it produced more wine than the US alone), spanning an area from the French border with Spain to Provence. An amazing 700,000 acres under vine, producing more than one third of French wine. Most are probably familiar with wines labeled Vin de Pays d’Oc, but the region includes over 20 AOCs (including Montpeyroux and La Clape), with our favorite being Pic St Loup.
The wine with the ridiculousy long name is all dark berries on the nose. Less astringent and smoother tannins than when we tasted this young. Acidic, fresh, and medium long. All in all a lot of wine for the money. Confirming that Pic St Loup, and Languedoc, are areas to be discovered. Which is exactly the idea behind #Languedocday. Well done, online geeks.