Values from the South of France

The first vineyards in the Languedoc were planted by the Greeks before the time of Christ.  Planting much more extensively, the Romans who arrived later, planted what are known today as some of the oldest vineyards in France.

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The Languedoc stretches from Provence in the east to its neighbor Roussillon south of the city of Narbonne. It’s a huge area with many microclimates and terroirs. The region is protected largely from strong winds from the north by the Massif Central. The climate is Mediterranean with warm to hot days and cooler nights. Rainfall is very low and drought is a threat since irrigation is not allowed. The dry climate does offer protection from mildew and other diseases brought by excessive rain. Soil types vary across the vast region from limestone, chalk, shale, sand and pebbles to clay. The limestone and chalk soils are more predominant inland near the mountains while the sand and pebbles are more common closer to the sea.

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These wines, with their incredible value, are worth a try.

Réserve Ste. Olive Cabernet Sauvignon – Pays ‘Oc, France

The Cabernet Sauvignon is grown on limestone, clay, shale and pebble soils.  It shows bright ruby color with black currant and pepper notes and moderate acidity.  It’s a great barbecue wine and a good match for sandwiches. 495155

Réserve Ste. Olive Chardonnay – Pays ‘Oc, France

This Chardonnay is grown on limestone, clay, shale and sand soils for complexity.  It opens with light straw color leading to notes of white fruits, apple and pear carried by crispy acidity.  It works with grilled fish and shellfish, chicken or just for sipping by the pool.

Réserve Ste. Olive Pinot Noir – Pays ‘Oc, France

The Pinot Noir is grown in some of the cooler areas of the region where winds reach the vines.  The wine leads with bright ruby color followed by raspberry and cherry notes carried on soft tannins.  It’s one of the best values in Pinot Noir on the market.

Réserve Ste. Olive Syrah Rosé – Pays ‘Oc, France

It’s always rosé season in Florida and this one makes the heat more tolerable.  It’s made by the saignée method of bleeding juice from the tanks of the red wine to concentrate it while yielding fresh rosé.  The shows bright pink color, notes of strawberry and raspberry carrying through a refreshing finish.  It’s perfect by the pool or with salads or light meats.

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