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The Pays d'Oc represents a large area of the Languedoc-Roussillon region, the first area to produce wines in France beginning with the Romans. Many different types of soils are found, such as gravel, schist and clay. Due to these variations in soil types, each grape variety is oriented to its specific growing area. The warm, consistent climate of this region ensures good ripeness and concentration, even in more difficult vintages.
In 1998, quantities produced in Languedoc Roussillon are considerably less than normal (17% less than 1997). The reason was the frost of 14th April (in the Aude department) followed by the drought which affected the West of the Languedoc (Aude department again, the Pyrénées Orientales department and the Beziers plain). The shortfall concerned, principally, the traditional varieties (Grenache and Carignan) and the Chardonnay. The other grapes (Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Sauvignon blanc) were less affected.
The focus during the fermentation period is on fruit extraction. Using state-of-the-art winemaking techniques and equipment, a maximum fermentation temperature of 85° F is maintained. The contact with oxygen is abundant during the early stages of the winemaking, and the fruit flavors are preserved by very careful handling of the new wines towards the end of the vinification. A short maceration period insures sufficient structure, without an excess of tannins.
Deep garnet-red in color. Intense and complex aromas of cherries and spicy notes (black pepper). Fleshy, powerful and concentrated on the palate, this full-bodied wine has a long and spicy finish.
The company's founder, Thomas Barton, left his native Ireland and emigrated to Bordeaux when he was just 30 years old. He was a true adventurer, looking to make his fortune, and founded a shipping company in 1725. The first barrels of wine were naturally exported to Ireland, which, along with Holland, was the biggest market for Bordeaux in the early 18th century.
Very quickly, his...Read More About Barton & Guestier
The region of Burgundy is the fairytale land of vines. There are stories of kings, conquerors and commoners recounting the seductive effects of a Burgundian wine. Even now, many wine aficionados and lovers will pinpoint their most memorable wine moment at that first taste of an aged Burgundy. Much of this can be related to the terroir of Burgundy. Centuries of winemaking have...Read More About Burgundy
(cab-uhr-NAY sow-veeh-yawn) King of Red Many refer to Cabernet Sauvignon as the king of red grapes. Perhaps that title is due to its ability to grow worldwide in a number of climates, or to the fact that it produces wine with such character yet such diversity. Either way, this grape is responsible, as a whole or a partner, for some of the greatest wines in the world. In Bordeaux,...Read More About Cabernet Sauvignon
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