Languedoc, located on the south western shores on the Mediterranean Sea of France, boasts the oldest vineyards of the country; they were planted by trading Greeks in 500 B C.
In the 13th century the region belonged to France, and Roussillon was acquired from Spain mid- 17th century. Languedoc and Roussillon were joined administratively in 1980’s.
The region boasts more vineyards than all of Australia, and viticulture started to thrive in 1990’s with significant capital inflows from Bordeaux, Burgundy, and other parts of the world, due to the potential of the area.
Wine quality improved significantly and AOC (appellation d’origine controllee) was granted to many parts; Coteaux de Languedoc, Corbieres, Faugeres, Minervois, Saint Chinian, and only some, and are the best known of all.
While in the past mostly red grapes namely syrah, carignan (originally from Spain called carinena), mourvedre (aka monastrell and from Spain), and grenache (aka garnacha and also from Spain) were grown but now, on vineyards of high altitudes chardonnay, sauvignon blanc, viognier, chenin blanc and others are planted,
Mauzac, cinsault, and muscat have been planted for centuries.
Capital invested from Bordeaux wineries was devoted to vineyards growing cabernet sauvignon, merlot, sauvignon blanc, and those from Burgundy to chardonnay; the main reason being the popularity of those varieties all over the world.
Australians were also interested in Languedoc to take advantage of the reversal of growing seasons. While harvesting is taking place in Australia, the vineyards of Languedoc are dormant. Winemakers could work in those wineries without idle time between seasons.
Towards the end of the 20th century, Nerida Abotts, an Australia came to Languedoc and fell in love with the place. He decided to buy land and start a winery, but a few years later decided to sell it to a Burgundian, Mr, Delauney, who kept the name of Abbottts and added his own in 2005.
Now, the boutique winery is called Abbotts and Delauney, specializes in high quality but reasonably priced wines.
Recently, Mr. Delauney was in Toronto to present his wines to wine writers.
Chardonnay, 2010 apple/pear aromas, mid-weight, smooth, clean with a good finish
Zephyr, 2011 From the Limoux appellation excellent apple, pear aromas, mid-weight, flavourful with a long finish
Merlot, 2010 fruity, mid-weight, good grip, good finish
Minervois, 2010 (Syrah, Grenache, carignan) berry aromas waft out of the glass, full bodied, pronounced flavours. Long finish. A good food wine.
Corbieres, 2010, (Grenache, syrah, mourvedre) Aromatic, full-bodied, layered flavours, good acid backbone and good grip.
Cumulo Nimbus, 2010 (Syrah, carignan) Minervois Intense, refined and elegant, A superbly balanced, fruity, full-bodied wine suitable for strongly flavoured foods.
Alto Stratus, 2010 Excellent dark berry aromas waft out of the glass. In the mouth the wine offers chocolaty flavours, is smooth, well extracted and finish well.
All above are either consignment or private order wines.
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