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D'Oc, D'Oc, Who's There?

The Languedoc-Roussillon is an enormous wine region with over 800,000 acres of vineyards. It is so big that over 300 million cases of wine are produced each year, which is one third of France’s wine production. One third! That’s crazy, right? A problematic issue in the Languedoc is that bigger farms are concerned with quantity over quality (think Central Coast in California). At the shop we try to seek out smaller farms in general and tomorrow we’ll try a few beauties from this special wine region and discuss the Midi’s wild, brutish history too.

2013 Domaine Mont de Marie Anatheme Blanc - Costières des Nîmes ($21)
Grape: Ugni Blanc
70 year old vines of Ugni Blanc? Yup! This wine from Thierry Forestier is a really pretty expression of Ugni Blanc (aka Trebbiano in Italy) fermented completely in stainless steel tanks. Curious about natural wine? This is a great one to start with! Thierry farms without the use of herbacides or insecticides, using only copper and sulphur to fight mildew. All of his vinifications are done with indigenous yeasts and without any intervention and his wines are unfined and unfiltered.
2012 Domaine Mont de Marie Anathème Rouge - Costières des Nîmes ($21)
Grapes: Aramon, Cinsault, Carignan, Grenache
If a red wine could be described as a juicy bite from a watermelon this would be it. This is a scrumptuous, luscious, juicy watermelon of a natural wine also from Thierry Forestier. It’s a blend of the Langudeoc’s infamous grape varietal, Aramon, a high-yielding red grape popular for table wines in the Languedoc, and Forestier’s Aramon is from over 100 year old vines. 
2012 Mollard et Fillon, Terrasses du Larzac - Coteaux du Languedoc ($15) 
Grapes: Carignan, Cinsault, Syrah, Grenache
Sebastien and Beatrice Fillon, along with Nicolas Mollard, collaborated with neighboring growers who share their sustainable winemaking philosophy. In the owners’ words: “We have created a partnership: grow outstanding quality grapes for us, and we’ll make a wine that’s worthy of your fruit.” This new arrival at the shop is fruit forward with floral notes and cashew nuttiness.
2014 La Marouette, Sauvignon Blanc, Pays d’Oc - Coteaux du Languedoc ($12)
Grape: Sauvignon Blanc
La Marouette wines are made with certified organic grapes and it shows in their honest, humble, easy drinking wines. This is a lively expression of Sauvignon Blanc with white flower aromas and balanced acidity.

2014 La Marouette, Pinot Noir, Pays d’Oc - Coteaux du Languedoc ($12)
Grape: Pinot Noir
With vineyard holdings outside of Montpellier, this crimson Pinot Noir has rich aromas of cherry and blackberries, typical of the region. Super easy drinking red for the summer months. 

Later Event: August 6