International rescue for the d'Oc? Should Languedoc-Roussillon increase its focus on international grape varieties?
Published:  27 August, 2008

No

Major producer

Christian Seely

Managing director??

AXA Millesimes

International grape varieties can produce lovely wines as single varietals, particularly from the vin de pays sites. However, I believe that the main focus of attention in the Languedoc should be on traditional blends from distinctive vineyard terroirs. We were attracted to the Languedoc by its geological richness and diversity, and we acquired Mas Belles Eaux precisely because of its outstanding terroir, Villefranchian gravel based on red clay. Both the AOC wines that we make at Belles Eaux: the St Helene and Les Coteaux, are blends of Syrah, Grenache, Mourvedre and Carignan, resulting in superb wines of real character and individuality, and this for me is the primary attraction of the Languedoc.

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