Downtown, Monday, 9/11, 4-6 pm

Yesterday we discovered that Thierry Seve, the importer for one of our favorite wineries of the South of France, Calmel & Joseph, will be in town this Monday. Naturally we jumped at the chance to host a tasting of his wines. We’ve stocked, and drank, these wines for years. The Faugeres and the Terrasses du Larzac are particular Wineshop faves. The reds are all typical wines of the Languedoc and Roussillon: blended from differing mixes of Grenache, Syrah, Carignan, and Mourvedre. The Faugeres has a dark soulfullness, the Roussillon is full of red fruits and spice, and the Terrasses is rich, dark and chewy.

“Laurent Calmel and Jérôme Joseph are negociants working in the Languedoc-Roussillon. They work with 20 different producer partners and make around 450 000 bottles each year, the vast majority of which are destined for export markets. The company as it is now was formed when oenologist Calmel joined Joseph, who had up to this point been selling the wines from private domains in the region, back in 2007. But unlike many negociants, who search for, blend and buy finished wines, Calmel & Joseph get involved in the vineyard, and then do their own vinifications in the partner cellars. They like to work with sustainably or organically managed vineyards and take a low intervention approach in the cellar. Their aim is to make wines that are representative of the best Languedoc-Roussillon terroirs, and they are particularly interested in cooler microclimates in this large, mainly warm region. They make a rather confusing five tiers of wines: les Terroirs, les Crus, les Cuvées Rares, Villa Blanche and les Languedoc.” –wineanorak.com

FEATURING:

  • Chardonnay Pays d’Oc “Villa Blanche” 2016 – $15.99
    (100% Chardonnay; Languedoc, France)
  • Cotes du Roussillon Villages Rouge “Les Terroirs” 2014 – $17.99
    (40% Syrah, 30% Grenache, 30% Carignan; Roussillon, France)
  • Faugeres Rouge “Les Terroirs” 2015 – $17.99
    (Syrah, Grenache, Carignan; Languedoc, France)
  • Terrasses du Larzac Rouge “Les Crus” 2013 – $24.99
    (50% Mourvedre, 25% Syrah, 25% Grenache; Languedoc, France)
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