Last Monday was a bit of a whirlwind that began with the Sud de France worldwide synchronized wine tasting event in NYC. With five other bloggers at Les Maisons de la Région Languedoc-Roussillon in midtown, I participated in a live video conference with winemakers in Montpellier. In addition to this dialogue, the goal was to bring together 90 bloggers and journalists from 20 countries, to celebrate Sud de France brand’s forth anniversary.
Those who could not attend the live event were sent kits containing the five bottles of wine that we tasted–a full-on social media onslaught–and a brilliant idea to promote the region and its wines. Unfortunately, a majority of the bottles are not yet available in the States, but perhaps this will be resolved with a little help from the campaign. And though we were not provided with materials to prepare us for this exchange, it was fun to sip through the wines, while their makers talked, answering our questions and addressing our comments.
We began with a sparkling wine: Sieur d’Arques, AOC/AOP Crémant de Limoux, Grand Cuvée 1531. A blend of 70% chardonnay, 20% chenin blanc, and 10% mauzac, it’s quaffable wine with notes of yeast, green apple, and lemon citrus. Sold for around $10-$12, this Crémant de Limoux has tiny bubbles that weren’t made to last, but at this price, the flavors are right.
Stepping up in complexity and price (approximately $45), we sampled Cigalus, VDP/IGP Pays d’OC, cuvée 2008, an organic/biodynamic blend that contains 80% chardonnay. Initially, I sensed Juicy Fruit–warm, ripe, tropical yet ethereal aromas, topped off with a hint of white pepper spice.
Moving down the line, we met the event’s sole female producer, responsible for the day’s only rosé–Fruité Catalan, AOC/AOP Côtes du Roussillon ($12-$15). Termed “The French fruity wine” this bottle contains up to 60% syrah, and is an easy drinking wine that’s a touch herbaceous with low-end acidity and notes of damp strawberry fruit.
Unfortunately, at this point in the game, Marisa and I had to leave to attend another event, but we did manage to quickly taste the remaining two:
Dromadaire 30670, VDP/IGP Pays d’OC, cuvée 2006–Smokey! Bacon and almonds,black currant fruit, and black pepper spice.
Mas de Madame, AOC/AOP Muscat de Frontignan, cuveé 2006–A dessert wine. Minerally, ripe, white peach. Sweet but nice.
Thanks to Marianne and Jasmine at Maison de la Région Languedoc-Roussillon New York for extending the invitation and for hosting this fun event!