Wine: Sampling Languedoc
When choosing a wine from France’s Languedoc region, follow the producer, said Eric Asimov in The New York Times. Because Languedoc has fewer rules than the more tradition-bound wine regions to its north, there’s no better option. Below are three bottles produced by wineries worth remembering, though quality producers are far from rare.
2014 Mas Champart St.-Chinian Causse du Bousquet ($27). This syrah blend from Mas Champart was the best value in our tasting—a fresh, bright, inviting wine with aromas and flavors of violets, red fruit, and herbs.
2014 Domaine Léon Barral Faugères ($37). With this carignan blend, the vigneron “did an excellent job of balancing ripeness and spicy red fruit flavors with acidity.”
2017 Mas des Chimères Clin d’Oeil ($21). This grenache cuvée shows what a great producer can make from a subpar harvest: an “absolutely delicious” thirst quencher loaded with juicy flavor. ■