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The Rise of the Languedoc

Updated: Jul 26, 2023

The Guibert family consistently produce wines we love coming back to. For many years they have been at the forefront of the Languedoc-Roussillon's transformation. While many of the wines made here are produced for mass market consumption, a new generation of winemakers are rediscovering the potential of this region with more attention to detail and focus on terroir. Pockets of fine limestone and glacial deposits, as well as the mediterranean climate with cooling influence from mountains to the north, offer ideal conditions for outstanding wines to be born. Aimé and Veronique Guibert, with council from renowned French wine experts, started planting vines in the Languedoc in 1972, focusing on quality versus quantity, and selecting prime plots where they felt the best grapes would grow. They work using natural farming methods and do everything by hand, including picking and sorting the grapes.



Aimé Guibert and the landscape of the Languedoc in southern France.

 



We're excited about the new vintage of this vibrant pink sparkling from Mas de Daumas Gassac made from a blend that is predominantly Cabernet Sauvignon. This fun wine was originally made just for the Guibert family, until it was discovered by our friend Micheal Sullivan, who asked them to make more so he could import it to California. We're so glad he did! At first glance, the rich pink color is just so vibrant and inviting. When you sip it, notes of strawberries, cherries, pink grapefruit and fresh mountain herbs dance in your mouth. With it's lively, fine bubbles, it is just so easy to drink, and we love that it is on the lower side for alcohol (11.5%), so you can enjoy glass after glass. This is the perfect aperitif to bring to a dinner party or open on the patio with friends as the sun starts to set.

 



Moulin de Gassac, is a side project of the Mas de Daumas Gassac estate, where they worked with other farmers in the region to select prime parcels for their vines. The combination of optimal soils, hot climate and proximity to the Mediterranean Sea creates incredibly elegant, balanced wines of great quality. When you sip this Picpoul de Pinet you understand why Picpoul is often referred to as the Muscadet of southern France. A vibrant glass full of energy with light sea salt, honeydew, redcurrant and chalky minerality. Much like Muscadet this Picpoul pairs beautifully with oysters and other seafood. A rather rare wine with only 1,000 cases produced, this is one to grab by the case to keep you refreshed all summer long.



 

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