A few days ago it was #LanguedocDay. Being a wine geek, I love “wine holidays” and use them as an opportunity to explore the specified grape or region a bit more and enjoy that particular wine, especially if it’s a wine that I wouldn’t normally think to buy regularly.
Since I had some leftover wine in my sample bottles and happened to have 3 wines from the Languedoc-Roussillon region, it was easy to do some tasting on that day. Two of the wines were from Minervois and one was from Collioure.
First was the 2011 Chateau Canet Minervois Rose, a blend of Syrah, Grenache, and Cinsault. The wine is a salmon pink, with characteristics of lemon, grapefruit, barely ripened berry, white blossom, a hint of herb, mineral, and clean bright crisp acidity.
Next was the 2009 Chateau Canet Minervois Rouge, a blend of Syrah and Grenache. It’s a dark purple color and stains the glass, and has characteristics of mostly dark fruit, smooth spices, leather, “animal” notes, earthiness, and a bit of wildness, smooth texture and nice acidity.
The star of the evening, as expected, was the 2008 Comaine Madeloc Gaillard Cuvee Serral Collioure, a blend of Grenache and Syrah. The wine is dark in color and has characteristics of dark fruit, stewed raspberry, plenty of spice, black pepper, purple flowers, just a bit of the wild characteristics often found in Languedoc-Roussillon wines and some “animal” notes, and earthiness. It’s a delicious wine, very ripe, with nice acidity and a lovely smooth texture and a long finish. This was definitely one of the better wines from Languedoc-Roussillon that I’ve had in a while!