Third-generation winegrowers Élisabeth & François Jourdan fashion these lovely indigenous varietal wines from very old vines. The vineyards are located outside the lovely village of Sommières.
Cinsault Vieilles Vignes
Vin de Pays
UPC : 3 760201 940013
Rosé of Aramon Vieilles Vignes
Vin de France
UPC : 3 760201 940037
Chardonnay and Pinot Noir are no strangers to Maison Louis Max in Burgundy:
The domaine has sought out unique Languedoc vineyards where it is possible to grow & vinify high-quality varietal wines that can be offered at very reasonable prices.
Pinot Noir “Haute Vallée”
Pinot Noir 100%
UPC : 3 485851 510811
Chardonnay “Les Terres Froides”
UPC : 3 485851 510835
Pinot Noir 60%, Syrah 40%
UPC : 3 485851 510842
Wines from Henri de Richemer come from a cooperative of 450 winegrowers around the Thau Basin near the Mediterranean port cities of Agde & Marseillan. The cooperative specializes in wines from native white varieties–particularly the bright & crisp Piquepoul and the tart but creamy Terret Blanc — but the delicious & affordable Sauvignon Blanc has also recently received international awards. These humbly priced wines are true vins de soif: thirst-quenching and delicious.
Terre & Mer Blanc Côtes de Thau
Terret Blanc 100%
UPC: 3 760021 480409
Piquepoul Côtes de Thau
UPC: 3 760021 480072
I have been trying to get the wines of Pierre Clavel into Iowa for over a decade. I first encountered the man and his wines at a Paso Robles, California, festival that celebrated wines from all over the world made with Rhône Valley grape varieties. The wines of Domaine Clavel were a revelation, but they were not available in Iowa. And so, during my years as a wine retailer, I resorted to buying the wines from Chicago and having them shipped to me for my own personal consumption! Domaine Clavel is a true family operation, passionately devoted to principles of organic farming. The Clavel vineyards are better than ever, and through conscientious hard work, so are the wines.
Pic Saint Loup “Bonne Pioche”
Syrah 65%, Mourvèdre 20%, Grenache 15%
Languedoc “Le Mas”
Grenache, Carignan, Syrah, Carignan
Pic Saint Loup Rosé “Mescladis”
Syrah 60%, Grenache 20%, Mourvèdre 20%
Languedoc Blanc “Cascaille”
Roussanne 40%, Grenache Blanc 40%; Viognier, Marsanne, Vermentino, Clairette, Carignan Blanc, Muscat à Petits Grains
The family estate of the Domaine Tour Boisée (“wooded tower”) dates back to 1826. The name refers to a 12th-century tower on the family property, which in antiquity formed part of the fortifications for the village of Laure Minervois. Now the winery is in the hands of Marie-Claude & Jean-Louis Poudou. Over time, the family has taken care to preserve the finest old grape varieties, while also updating and improving the vineyards. Always conscientious of ecology, the winery has been certified organic since the 2013 vintage.
Varietal percentages in these blended wines will vary year by year, depending on the conditions and strengths of each vintage.
Minervois “À Marie-Claude”
Grenache, Carignan, Syrah
UPC: 3 580600 111551
Minervois “Marielle et Frédérique” (named after Jean-Louis & Marie-Claude’s daughters)
Grenache 60%, Cinsault 15%, Syrah 10%, Carignan 10%, Mourvèdre 5%
UPC: 3 580600 211572
Coteaux de Peyriac “Bel Serrat”
( = “Beautiful hillside” in the Occitan dialect)
Merlot 60%, Cabernet Sauvignon 40%
UPC: 3 580601 011119