March 1, 2019 – French Wine Tasting!

Tastings and News / Friday, March 1st, 2019

On Friday we will have open 4 French wines, a white (Viognier) and a red blend from Languedoc-Roussillon, a Pinot Noir from Loire Valley and a great Bordeaux!

Tasting time: 6:00 to 9:00
See below for full Tasting information:

Domaine des Homs, Vin de Pays d’Oc Viognier

Grape: Viognier
Geography: Languedoc-Roussillon, France
Appellation: Pays d’Oc

In the heart of the renowned Minervois wine producing terroir, the Domaine des Homs occupies the site of a roman farm where vines and olive trees were cultivated. The name derives from old elm trees which have now disappeared. The 20 hectare domaine has been owned by the de Crozals family for three generations, a well established family of Languedoc wine producers. Jean-Marc and his wife Anne both graduated at the Suze-La Rousse international wine university. They have brought their technical and commercial knowledge and experience to the domaine while maintaining family traditions and have built up, over the years, the reputation of the wines of the Domaine des Homs.

It is a very hot and dry region. The winds blow very often from the sea, bringing some humidity, and from the land bringing drought. The quaternary soils are quite young, and made of angulous stones and leached clay. On the 20 ha, 12 are in Minervois appellation (on the very stony part) and 8 ha in IGP, where the soils have much more clay (a fabulous natural water reserve for summer time).
In line with practices of organic culture certification, the soils are ploughed, and there is no use of any chemical products, nor chemical fertilizers. Only organic mature ensures the soil nutrition.

Vinification: Extraction by pressing. Debourbage (settling) occurs naturally under the influence of the ambient temperature of 10‐12 Celsius (50‐55 Fahrenheit). Clarity is achieved after 36 hours. Yeast is added, and fermentation takes place, at a low temperature of 17‐18 Celsius (64‐66 Fahrenheit). Fermentation lasts 3‐4 weeks. Barrique fermentation for half the wine, and vat fermentation for the other half.. Assemblage and bottling take place in March of the year following the vintage.

Notes: nice and elegant, good freshness, no heavy flavors, made and partly aged in barrel

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Domaine des Homs, Minervois Rouge Paul (2016)

Grape: Syrah and Grenache
Geography: Languedoc-Roussillon, France
Appellation: Minervois

The Domaine des Homs is located in the heart of the Minervois, between Carcassonne and Narbonne.
Terroir: Vineyards on terraces made up of Quaternary Epoch soils, consisting of sharp‐edged and weathered clay rocks. All the parcels are ploughed, under the feet and in between the rows.
Climate: Mediterranean. Particularly hot summers. The Tramontaine wind drives out any humidity, establishing very favorable conditions for viticulture.
Blend: This Minervois consists of 80% Syrah and 20% Grenache.
Vineyard Area: 9 Hectares – ORGANIC CULTURE CERTIFIED

Wine making
Grapes picked by hand and sorted twice. Complete, careful de‐stemming. Two‐week‐long fermentation and maceration that brings primary and secondary tannic structure to the Syrah grape. Once the ensuing malo‐lactic fermentation is finished, the wine is aged in our chais for 12 months in lined cement vats. The wines are then bottled. Once bottled, the wines rest for a time in our cellars before being shipped.

When to drink:
Our Minervois, dominated by red fruit, can be enjoyed as soon as two years after the vintage. You can also leave the bottles in your cellar and forget about them for a while, re‐discovering them every year or so and enjoying the wine as it develops before your very palate.

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Michel Langlois, Vin de Pays du Val de Loire Pinot Noir (2017)

Grape: Pinot Noir
Geography: Loire Valley, France
Appellation: Val de Loire

Catherine and Michel Langlois’s winery is located at Pougny between Sancerre and Pouilly-sur-Loire in Nièvre area. They own a 17ha vineyard close to Cosne-sur-Loire. Catherine et Michel took over the entreprise in 1996 and focused on diversifying the winery’s production and get new patches of land to be closer to Pouilly-Fumé, Coteaux du Giennois and Vins de Pays. Catherine and Michel are wine fanatics and have deeply wanted the Coteaux du Giennois to be labellized AOC since 1998.

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Château Falfas, Bordeaux Côtes de Bourg (2012)

Grape: Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot
Geography: Bordeaux, France
Appellation: Côtes de Bourg
Feature: Biodynamic

With 20 hectares of vineyards planted on rolling hillsides of Bayon in the Côtes de Bourg, Château Falfas has a winemaking heritage that dates back to the 14th century. The Château was in fact one of the very first in Bordeaux to practise organic and biodynamic methods. Today Château Falfas is owned by Véronique Cochran, who is building on the traditions of the past with a very simple philosophy: the best wines are not “made” but rather “grown”. She remains passionate about practicing biodynamic principles to extract the very essence of the terroir, producing authentic, rich and generous wines.

Classic styled Bordeaux with dark, dense berry fruit and notes of chocolate and coffee. Good structure and complexity.