Friday, 1 August 2008

Wine in South of France

Why are the excellent wines from the Languedoc area so under acknowledged and miss understood?
Bordeaux has been 'established' for many years...mainly due to the ease of trade from the port of Bordeaux and the historic links from the time of Henry 2nd and his wife Eleanor of Aquitaine (nice dowry!).
But the dynamism and action are certainly taking place in the Languedoc and the Roussillon areas of France. This diverse region spreads from near Marseille through to the Spanish border. Some of the wines from the undiscovered hills of the Minervois region (near Carcassonne/Narbonne/Beziers) are sensational. One specific grower is the young, wild, hairy man called Eric Mari who is producing stunning wines at Domaine La Prade Mari. These wines are now being served at Rick Stein's restaurant in Padstow as well as the award winning St.John's Restaurant in London. In fact the Viognier grapes in this picture next to Max were picked last year and are now being served as the Domaine La Prade Mari Viognier 2007.These wines are such great value and are available in the UK via

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