|Pretty label, right?|
If you've been reading this blog (and I mean, who hasn't, right?), you know I don't pick up new wines that often. Heck, after 4 years of doing this, I only have 14 French wineries and 1 Spanish winery. Of course, things come and go, but I'm old-school and believe in cultivating long-term relationships with my growers. This, to me, is the best way to maintain and guarantee high quality.
So when I add a new winery, it's cause for celebration. Well, this year, we've added 2 new ones, a Minervois that I'll talk about in another blog posting (this also gives me the incentive to write another post) and a lovely light-bodied wine from the edge of the Mediterranean. So, first, let's talk about Terre du Sol, from the Languedoc-Roussillon.
I don't usually go in for wines like this, but I was shocked at the quality and the price points involved. For legal reasons, I can't identify the parties involved, but one of our best winemakers has been consulting for other wineries for years. When one of their clients made something special, my phone rang and I was told to head over to the winery post-haste. I jumped and grabbed the first train heading south out of Montpellier. I arrived to find a table full of samples awaiting me…
After a long morning of tasting (woe is me, right?), I was convinced we’d found something truly special here: some excellent wines at excellent prices. They were well-made, with beautiful fruit and minerality, really nicely balanced. And, frankly, the label was very pretty (I know, I know, but we all know that marketing counts a lot).
Seriously, no one should ever be disappointed when they open a bottle at these prices. I mean, there has to be a way for quality to co-exist with value in this type of wine. And so with our winemaker’s experience and advice, there’s a certainty of excellence.
“Terre du Sol” means Land of the Sun in the local dialect. Grapes for these wines are grown on stony soils at the edge of the Mediterranean and bask in the sun year-round. Delicious and easy to drink, they follow my philosophy of trusting small family winemakers to make affordably delicious wines. They really are like sunshine in your glass (sorry for being corny but it's true!).
I am starting with Le Roujal, a blend of unoaked Syrah, Grenache, Carignan and a drop of Merlot that is full of bright but dark fruits, with a medium body, some meaty notes, and a mid-length finish. Talk about the perfect Fall/Winter wine, this just screams sunshine and a light mood, something in need during the dark cold months ahead of us.
So look for this label in your local fine wine establishment, the cases are hitting the streets just now.