Editor's Note: Contributor and Editor, Rémy Charest, looked at the challenges of creating brand and identity for Languedoc, traditionally considered "a provider of high-volume plonk." This article explored the reorganization of this major French wine region and some expected outcomes derived from insights on the Millésimes du Languedoc tasting attended this spring. –Ryan Reichert, Managing Editor
In the world of marketing and sales, it is always good when you can keep things simple. Of course, this can be quite a challenge for an industry like the wine industry, where realities of place, grapes, vintages, styles, and terroir add up as so many variables to take into account—enough to confuse everyone but the aficionados.
Drink with soft, earthy flavors like mild cheeses or lightly flavored leg of lamb.
Both Chile and Argentina are also producing unique wines of real character, many of them at prices that are fractions of their Old World European or even U.S. counterparts thanks their to the much lower labor and land costs. You just need to know where to find them.
Morandé’s winemaking director Pablo Morandé is often regarded as the godfather of Chile’s modern winemaking industry, and he’s not afraid of taking risky chances when the pay off is a result like this great wine, made from a variety that might have originated in Spain but is best known as the main ingredient in dark wines from France’s Languedoc region. Morandé’s Carignan is inky-dark, with intense blackberry action that’s kind of brambly, followed by plums, baking spices, herbs, and violets. It’s bold but smooth, has great balance as well as tons of character and concentration that actually seems to have a purpose. Chalk it up to the bush trained, dry farmed vineyards—planted in the 1950s by the grandfather of “the grandfather.”
A slightly dusty-looking brickish red. Aroma is of brick dust and freshly tilled earth, dried cherries, and cocoa powder. Rough tannins hover across the early- and mid-palate and linger on the (moderately long) finish. Beneath the tannins, dried cherry and clove notes add to a profile that is surprisingly light and freshened by plenty of acidity. Overall impression is raspy and astringent, but flavorful and reasonably well-rounded. This would be splendid with smoked trout or a substantial grilled fish like mahi or swordfish, or with a vegetarian entree laden with lots of garlic and a bit of cream.
2009年，智利考克内斯（Cauquenes）地区遭受了可怕的地震，倒也成就了一段和地震有关的“风土”故事。这次地震在那里造成了重大的破坏，自然当地的酒厂也不能幸免。很多的橡木桶被散落异处。酿酒师巴蒂斯特屈弗利耶（Baptiste Cuvelier）拾起这些依旧幸存的酒桶，混合放入了同样尚存的葡萄酒，但结果却是产生了惊人的好酒。所有的葡萄在这里都是被公平贸易并且是有机生长。葡萄酒中柔和的单宁和清爽的果酸像是在你的舌尖偏偏起舞般跳跃，这样平衡的酒体的注定了是可以被存放在酒窖里陈年的好酒。辛辣的黑胡椒及肉桂香味的酒体更加醇厚，还夹杂着丰富的黑色和红色水果味，如黑加仑，桑椹，和树莓在一起，还有一丝烟叶和咖啡的味道。它还有一个非常有趣的薄荷味，如同一块没有巧克力的安第斯牌（Andes）薄荷巧克力。橡木中的香草味道在中期的口感得以显现。单宁相当柔美，以及很长的余味。这是一个出乎意料的好葡萄酒，同时又铭刻着那段令人伤痛的往事，这款酒的部分收益将返还给仍然在恢复中的地震灾区。只是有酒相伴味道足以鲜美。极力推荐。 标签：2006, Baptiste Cuvelier，赤霞珠，佳利酿，美娜，考克内斯，智利，Chile Maule，Cinsaut，地震，梅鹿辄，派斯，混合型红酒，红葡萄酒，酒评，酒