WSDC Event - The Languedoc-Roussillon Re-invented

What: The Languedoc-Roussillon Re-invented Event Sold Out  
When: 19 Feb 19 ,18:30 -20:30
Where: Carlton Club SW1A 1PJ map
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A sit-down, tutored tasting with food led by Paul Strang

The Southern region of France called the Languedoc derives its name from its medieval language often called langue d’oc, which denoted a language using oc from the Latin hoc for “yes” in contrast to langue d’oïl, which used oïl (modern oui) for “yes” from hoc ille. This use of “oc” is, of course, the true derivation of “ok” rather than those spurious American claims to have invented the word.

Paul Strang is a lover of Southern France and its wines. After many gruelling, painstaking years of hard labour talking to the growers, eating and drinking in the Languedoc, he recently produced the bible of their wines to add to his range of books on the area. 'Languedoc-Roussillon, the Wines and Winemakers' is the title. Amongst his other talents, Paul was also the lawyer to The Wine Society when the wine stocks were moved from the cellars beneath the London Palladium to the new warehouse in Stevenage under the aegis of Edmund Penning-Rowsell. He also recalls the first computer system that The Wine Society installed and the ensuing interesting events. Ask him about them and our Patron.

Languedoc and adjacent Roussillon used to be called the wine lakes of Europe producing huge quantities of poor wine either sold at one Euro (89p or better 17s 8d) a litre (1 ¾ pints – your secretary is fully Brexit-ready) or distilled into alcohol. This started to change about twenty-five years ago when younger, enthusiastic growers with outside help got the message that there was a market for better quality wine from the region. The regional grapes are frequently blended with “international” varieties and we shall taste some of the 100% native-variety wines and also see how blending affects the outcome.

The native grapes mainly piquepoul, bourboulenc, the rare, almost extinct oeillade, carignan, mourvèdre and cinsault will all be tasted in their pure form and then blends. IGP stands for “indication géographique protégée” and indicates that the wine is from a specific region but not subject to the strict regulation required of an “appellation” wine. IGP wines probably represent the best value for money in French wine. Appellation d'origin protégée (AOP) replaced the appellation d'origine contrôlée (AOC) in 2012.

Bread, cheese, rillettes, grapes, figs and more will accompany.
WS indicates the wines came from The Wine Society.

1. Les Hautes Terres, Cremant de Limoux "Josephine" (AOP)
chardonnay, chenin and mauzac

2. Domaine La Croix Gratiot Picpoul de Pinet 2017 (AOP)
100% piquepoul

3. Domaine Simonet La Clape (IGP)
100% bourboulenc WS

4.Domaine Clavel (Pic St-Loup) Rosé (AOP)
mostly cinsault WS

5. Domaine Thierry Navarre (St-Chinian) (IGP)
100% oeillade

6. Domaine Du Clos Des Fées (Roussillon) (IGP)
100% grenache

7. Les Jamelles (Pays d’Oc) (IGP)
100% mourvèdre

8. Domaine Aupilhac (Montpeyroux) (IGP)
100% carignan WS

9. Le Soula Rouge (Roussillon) (IGP)
40% carignan, 40 % grenache, 20% syrah WS

10. Domaine Chabanon “L’Esprit de font Caude” (Montpeyroux) (AOP)
syrah/mourvèdre WS

11. Château des Estanilles ‘Le clos du fou’ (Faugères)
100% syrah

12. Domaine Gauby Muntada 2013 (Côtes du Roussillon Villages)
almost entirely carignan/grenache

13. Mas de Daumas Gassac Grand Cru Rouge 2013 (Terrasses du Larzac Aniane)
mostly cabernet sauvignon WS

14. Domaine de Barroubio (Saint Jean de Minervois) (AOP)
muscat doux

STOP PRESS – as this newsletter was going to print, your Secretary learned that Benjamin Anglade from Mas de Daumas Gassac may be visiting with a few extra wines from the estate

- Tony Wright, Honorary Secretary

Dress Code: Jacket and tie.

Guests: £57
Members: £52

Forthcoming events:
Wednesday 27 March – Italian Food and Wine Dinner cooked and hosted by Theo Randall at the Intercontinental Hotel

Wednesday 5 June – Dinner and Club AGM at the Army & Navy Club

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