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Quarterly Review of Wines / Languedoc Rouge Bio 2011

2013-04-23 Quarterly Review of Wines

The Languedoc, an enormous swath of vineyards in the sunny South of France extending west from the Rhone River to the Spanish border, is a minefield for wine. The wines range from unique and wonderful to astringent and dilute. With literally thousands of small growers and producers, it takes a lot of work to find the rewarding ones. Thats why the appearance of Hecht & Bannier, a top-notch negociant specializing in the area, is so welcome. Their name assures you of a satisfying wine reflective of the appellation, be it a large one, such as this one, the Languedoc, or a small one, such as Minervois. Not overdone or manipulated, the Hecht & Bannier Languedoc delivers the requisite fruit and spice, unencumbered by wood aging, youd expect from the customary blend of Syrah, Grenache and Carignan. But what makes this wine unique is a charm that reflects what must be the blending talents of Hecht & Bannier. Its another good choice for the grilled meats or robust pasta dishes.