Val d'Orbieu Les Deux Rives Corbieres Rouge 1998
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40% Grenache, 30% Syrah, 20% Mourvedre, 10% Carignan
Dark brilliant ruby-red color
A rich, dry, full-bodied red wine. It is best served with grilled beef or lamb, hard cheeses, and stews. Like all fine wines, it is best served about 60 Fahrenheit slightly cooler than room temperature.
Les Deux Rives Corbières Rouge has a pepper scented nose fragrant of cedar and herbs with hints of leather. It is rich, supple, and full-bodied, with spicy, black fruit flavors, moderate tannins, deep color and extracted ripeness. Stylistically similar to wines from the Côtes du Rhone, it's supple, spicy, chewy flavors make it immensely satisfying.
Les Deux Rives is the brand name of the best cuvŽe of Corbieres produced by les Vignerons du Val d'Orbieu, an important group of winegrowers based in Narbonne in Southern France. Blended from Grenache, Syrah, Carignan and Mourvedre, the traditional grapes of the Corbieres vineyard, the wine is dark purple red in color with a lusty aroma and flavor of ripe berries, black pepper, licorice and chewy dried fruit. The wine is not oak aged and therefore can be served cool during the warmer months. In summer or winter, the wine is delicious with grilled lamb, beef or pork and with all hard cheeses. Due to its lesser known origins, the Les Deux Rives is an outstanding value as well.
Val d'Orbieu Winery
Les Vignerons du Val d'Orbieu is an association of winegrowers in the Languedoc-Roussillon. The exquisite vineyard stretches from the Pyrénées Mountains to the Rhone River along the Mediterranean coast. Les Vignerons du Val d'Orbieu was established in 1967 by a small group of dynamic winemakers whose vineyards border the picturesque Orbieu River in the heart of the Corbières.
One of the largest wine producers in the world, Les Vignerons du Val d'Orbieu is recognized worldwide for high-quality, innovative wine-making, and restoring the reputation of the Languedoc-Roussillon. There are over 37,050 acres planted, with 17 cooperative cellars producing 560,000 hectoliters (3.5million cases) and 200 private cellars producing 190,000 (1.2m cases) of AOC wines. Their 160 Châteaux and Estates in the Languedoc-Roussillon make up 14% of total AOC production, and making them second in varietal wine sales in France, representing 40% of all varieties harvested in the Languedoc-Roussillon.
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For being in a country that is known for wine regulations, the Languedoc enjoys a great amount of freedom in its winemaking. With over 700,000 acres under vine, some of the most exciting and best value wines of are coming from this enormous and diverse wine region. Some refer to it as the "new world" of France. The region stretches along the land above the Mediterranean, bordered by the Rhone river on the east and almost reaching Spain on the west. Only 10% of the wines from the area are AC, with the remaining wines often landing in the Vin de Pays or Vin de Table category. Wines in the Vin de Pays category are classified here as Vin de Pays d'Oc.
80% of the wines here are red. The grapes of the neighboring Rhone region are popular, with the focus on Syrah, Grenache, Mourvèdre, Cinsaut and to a lesser extent, Carignan. White grapes include Rousanne, Marsanne, Clairette and other white Rhone varieties. Parts of the region are also enjoying success with international varieties like Merlot, Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon. For many of these international style wines, you'll see the grape variety on the label – very un-French, but since they qualify as Vin de Pays d'Oc, it's allowed. Not so for the AC wines of the region, which are relegated to using most of the regional varieties and labeling their bottles by region. Appellations in the Languedoc include Corbières, Minervois, Costières de Nimes, Banyuls and the largest of them all, Coteaux de Languedoc. Corbières and Minervois are found on the western side of the region and produce sometimes very concentrated red wines. Costières de Nimes lies just southwest of the Rhone and produces wines of comparable character. Banyuls creates decadent fortified wines with Grenache and Coteaux de Langeudoc does triple duty, using international and regional grapes to produce white, red and rose wines that are often fantastic values.
A region located between the Spanish border and Languedoc, Roussillon is often mentioned in conjunction with Languedoc, but is an entirely separate, albeit smaller, area. Producing white, red and rose wines, Roussillon is in the Catalonia region, which bleeds into Spain and France. The area has equal amount of Spanish influence as it does French. It is most well-known for Banyuls, a potent dessert wine made from concentrated old-vine Grenache. Vines are old and planted on steep, rocky, terraced hillsides overlooking the coast. The region is also making still wines, mostly from Grenache but with a good amount of Carignan as well.
About France - Other regions
When it comes to wine, France is a classic. Classic blends, grapes and styles began in the country and they still remain. Think about it - people ask for a Burgundian style Pinot Noir, they refer to wines as Bordeaux or Rhone blends - Champagne even had to pass a law to stop international wineries from putting their region on the label of all sparkling wine.
The top regions of France are: Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne, Languedoc-Roussillon, Loire, Rhone. And these regions are so diverse! It makes sense that wine regions throughout the world try to emulate their style. Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and
Syrah are no longer French varieties, but international varieties. They may not be the leader of cutting edge technology or value-priced wines, but there is no doubt that they are still producing wines of great quality and diversity.
Alcohol By Volume Guide
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Crisp
- Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.
Fruity & Smooth
- Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.
Rich & Creamy
- Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.