The Languedoc is vast winegrowing region, accounting for a third of France’s total wine production. Last week we spent a few days in the region and gained a deeper understanding of its varied terroirs. We’ll be introducing some exciting new ideas from the Languedoc in the coming months, but the trip also renewed our appreciation for our current Languedoc winemakers.
We still think the region’s most impressive terroir is Pic-St-Loup. Our source there is the Mas Foualquier, and we have yet to find a Languedoc winemaker with better wine. Their 60/40 blend of Grenache and Syrah, named Le Rollier (for the migratory bird of the same name), has converted many to this exciting region. We aren’t the only ones to notice – Robert Parker’s reviewer awarded the 08 Rollier 92 points.
Pierre Jéquier and Blandine Chauchat, the winemakers at the Mas Foulaquier, believe in letting their vines do the work. They farm organically, neither fine nor filter their wines, and add only enough sulfites to keep the wine stable. The result is a lineup of wines that show deep, earthy fruits and fine chewy tannins. Rollier shows a delicious balance between bright cherry fruits (from Grenache), and cool, chocolaty structure (from Syrah). This wine is unoaked, allowing the fruit to show through, and is a good full-bodied choice for Thanksgiving.
MAS FOULAQUIER ROLLIER 2008
Ansonia Retail Price: $24
Offer Price: $14.95/bot
NOTE: This wine appears in our Thanksgiving Catalog. Find more discounted holiday suggestions as well as Wilcox Family recipes.