This August, Blanchards stores throughout the Boston area will be featuring Languedoc AOP wines via in-store tastings and displays – and their enomatic machine!
Tastings run through the month of August 2017.
Click here for a full schedule
What to look for on display:
Rosé from the Other South of France
Blanchards will be featuring a Languedoc rosé in their enomatic machine all month long!
By now everyone has swirled copious amounts of Provençal rosé, but what about rosé from the other South of France? Throughout Languedoc, delicious rosés are made in a style similar to Provence rosé— dry with abundant cherry and strawberry flavors —but in price they win almost every time. Perfect for deck sipping and summer salad pairing. Read more here.
What to look for in white wines from Languedoc:
Picpoul = Pick ‘Moules’
AOP Picpoul de Pinet (peek-pool de pee-nay), made from the delightful Piquepoul grape, is a fresh, brightly acidic wine made in the coastal region of Pinet. Similar to Sauvignon Blanc, it pairs perfectly with seafood. So when you pick Picpoul, pick moules! (mussels, in French).
Languedoc Sparkles in Limoux
Limoux sparklers are made in the same was as Champagne but retail for far less. This combination makes Limoux an ideal go-to wine to dress up a weekday dinner, as a gift for the discerning hostess or to help celebrate a special occasion. Get more ideas here. The appellation also produces elegant still wines as well from grapes like Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc and Mauzac.
Most wines from Languedoc are red blends made from Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre, Carignan, and Cinsault. They’re seductively rich, earthy wines with dark berry and herb notes, and they pair phenomenally with a wide range of dishes. Search out wines like AOP Minervois among other great appellations.
In Minervois, the vineyards are spread across a natural amphitheatre made of “terrasses”, and bordered by the Canal du Midi to the south and the Montagne Noire to the north. Even more than other areas of Languedoc, Minervois sits in a corridor where winds play an important role. The wines are simultaneously fresh and lush and perfect pairings for anything off of the grill!