In his latest report in The Wine Advocate / Robert Parker [Issue #236 France: Languedoc and Roussillon – Great Wines at Great Prices], Joe Czerwinski demonstrates enthusiastic about the dry wines of the Roussillon.
After 3 days in the region earlier this year – spent tasting hundreds of wines – Joe chose to spotlight 279 different wines, from 86 producers. It is important to note that he gave 84% of the wines scores of 90 points or higher. These great notations bring to the fore such new estates as Domaine Augustin, Domaine du Bac, Domaine Deprade Jorda… while confirming the stature of such established domains as Lafage, de l’Edre, Thunevin Calvet, etc.
One of the quotes about Roussillon wines from his report:
“… In short, I was blown away by some of the terroirs and the potential for world-class wines.
Sandwiched between the Mediterranean Sea and the mountains of the Pyrenees, the vineyards are largely defined by elevation, proximity to the sea and the soils, which are some of the most complex in France.
… No single AOP dominated my tastings, as I found great examples from each appellation. While there is some vintage variation from year to year, the overall climate is relatively stable in Roussillon.
… As always, consumers should shop more by producer than by appellation or vintage.”