On the Road with the Grape Guy

Languedoc DIMANCHE 30 AVRIL – 2023

27 Mar 2024

Lang 30p

(April 2023) ... These are my honest, no-nonsense thoughts about the wines I tasted from the Languedoc’s various sub-regions presented on that day.

First, there is my take on the region, based on all the wines I tried … then the wines I liked are scored based on a Good, Better, Best approach (all lists are alphabetized).

Lang 30c


I'd classify these as “white wines” nothing to get jazzed about.

Chateau De Caraguilhes 2022 La Font Blanche ... Good
Domaine La Bouysse 2022 Cyprius ... Better
Famille D'exéa 2022 Blason De Sérame Blanc ... Good
Scea Chateau Montfin 2022 Sur Pilotis ... Good


It's a big area with an identity crisis, and there is not one style that dominates.
I tasted all 73 wines and there was as much good stuff as there was generic.
Ask me what makes a Corbieres wine and I'd be hard pressed to tell you.

Castelmaure 2021 Les Hauts ... Better
Cellier Des Demoiselles 2022 Rouge Demoiselles ... Good
Chateau Auris 2020 Chateau Auris ... Better
Château Etang Des Colombes 2020 Bois Des Dames ... Good
Château Fabre Cordon 2021 Qui M'aime Me Suive ... Good
Château La Baronne 2017 Alaric ... Good
Château La Baronne 2020 Les Chemins ... Better
Chateau Mansenoble 2019 Reserve ... Good
Chateau Mansenoble 2020 Montagne D'alaric ... Good
Château Peyrepertuse 2019 1240 ... Good
Chateau Sainte Lucie D'aussou 2020 Patz E Amor ... Good
Domaine De Fontenelles 2021 Elysée ... Good
Domaine Des 2 Anes 2021 Fontanilles ... Better
Domaine Fairjal 2022 Fairjal ... Better
Famille D'exéa 2022 Blason De Sérame Rouge ... Better
Famille Fabre 2020 Chateau De Luc Veredus ... Better
Famille Fabre 2020 Lux De Luc ... Good
Les Vignobles Foncalieu 2019 Chateau Haut Gleon ... Good
Sainte Marie Des Crozes 2020 Hector Et Juliette ... Better
Scav Les Terroirs Du Vertige 2019 Corvaria ... Good
Scav Les Terroirs Du Vertige 2019 Roc De Bonelli ... Good
Scav Terre D'expression 2021 Delicatesse ... Better
Scav Terre D'expression 2021 Fortes Tetes ... Good
Scea Ch Vaugelas 2020 V ... Good
Scea Château De Mattes 2020 Sabran ... Better
Scea Chateau Vaugelas 2021 Prieure ... Good


Lang 30b

LA CLAPE – White

This region had a 60% ratio of good to blah.

Château D'anglès 2022 Classique Blanc ... Good
Château De Marmorières 2021 Marquis De Raymond ... Good
Chateau Pech Redon 2022 Epervier ... Good
Chateau Rouquette Sur Mer 2022 Cuvée Arpège ... Good
Commanderie Saint Pierre La Garrigue 2020 Commanderie Saint Pierre La Garrigue ... Better
La Vendémiaire 2021 Les Arbres Blancs ... Better


There's an herbal freshness to some of the better versions that help the fruit shine through.

Chateau Capitoul 2019 Oros Cayenne ... Better
Château De Marmorières 2020 Marquis De Raymond ... Best
Chateau Laquirou 2020 Ausines ... Better
Château Moyau 2018 Terre De Pierres ... Better
Château Ricardelle 2020 Vendredi XIII ... Good
Combe Des Ducs 2021 Pierres De Mer ... Better
Domaine Sarrat De Goundy 2021 Le Planteur ... Better
Gérard Bertrand 2020 Grand Vin Rouge ... Better
Scea Chateau De Figuières 2017 Impetus Rouge ... Better


Lang 30z


The best of these are light, fruity and exotic - there's a subtle elegance to them
Lovely fruit - subtle spice - exotic finishes. Fun wines.

Chateau De Gourgazaud 2019 Cuvée Mélanie ... Better
Chateau De Gourgazaud 2021 Pater Familias ... Better
Château Guéry 2020 Magnifique ... Better
Château Maris 2020 Les Planels ... Better
Chateau Sainte Eulalie 2021 Bellezour Anima ... Good
Clos Des Roques 2020 Clos Des Roques ... Good
Domaine Combe Blanche 2019 La Galine ... Better
Domaine Combe Blanche 2020 La Chandelière ... Good
Domaine De La Senche 2020 Cuvee Somi ... Better
Domaine De L'oustal Blanc 2019 Prima Donna ... Good
Domaine La Rouviole 2021 Caïssa ... Good
Domaine La Siraniere 2017 Excelsus ... Better
Domaine La Siraniere 2020 Les Capitelles ... Good
Domaine Les Combes Cachées 2019 Soleil Rouge ... Good
Domaine Tour Trencavel 2019 Domaine Tour Trencavel ... Better
Scea Chateau La Croix Martelle 2020 Terrasses De Sirus ... Good


Lang 30a


There is a a reason these babies love oysters - it's a perfect pairing
The best rival Sauvignon Blanc, while others show off other citrus and mineral flavours.

Cave Coopérative - Les Costières De Pomerols 2022 Picpoul De Pinet Beauvignac ... Good
Chateau Saint-Martin-De-La-Garrigue 2022 Picpoul ... Better
Domaine De Petit Roubié 2022 Picpoul De Pinet Château ... Better
Domaine Félines Jourdan 2022 Aop Picpoul De Pinet ... Good
Flores - Les Vigneorns De Florensac 2021 Picpoul Selection ... Good
Hecht & Bannier 2022 Picpoul De Pinet ... Better
La Croix Gratiot 2022 Syndical ... Good
Les Vignerons Montagnac Domitienne 2021 Haerentia ... Good
Les Vignerons Montagnac Domitienne 2022 M Comme Montagnac ... Better


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