VINISUD 2017 — A time for discovery
Vinisud is a reunion of sorts where producers and buyers get to meet one another and taste wines from the whole of Europe and beyond. During this edition of #VINISUD2017 I got to meet some producers and taste their up and coming wines.
Domaine de Médeilhan Domaine de Médeilhan is a winery located in Vias, near Béziers. It’s thanks to them that I got to discover the grape variety Petit Verdot. It can be described as full bodied with a good tannin structure which allows for a good length on the palate. The taste is pronounced and despite its name it holds up quite well to the wines of Bordeaux.
They offer this grape variety in a varietal wine or as part of a blend with some Merlot. This introduces some softness and dampens the tannin strength that is brought on by the previous varietal. This cuvee named Cuvée Tradition is also available in white with a Chardonnay Viognier and in rosé with a Syrah Grenache.
Domaine de Médeilhan's red Cuvée Tradition
Domaine de Médeilhan's rosé Cuvée Tradition
The Rosés – Côtes de Provence I was very intrigued with the Côtes de Provence rosés, most notably due to their notoriety. During the tasting, I discovered that a few brands stand out thanks to the design of their bottle and the psychological effect they have on customers. This is notably the case for Sainte Beatrice’s Summer Dreams as it procures a feeling of a summer getaway with a bottle of rosé on the beach for those midsummer aperitifs.
Summer Dreams by Sainte Beatrice — Côtes de Provence
Tasting of organic wines distinguished in the 2017 Amphore Competition It was in a Master Class dedicated to the tasting of organic wines rewarded in the Amphore competition that I was able to assimilate what constitutes an organic wine and all its possible variations. As a matter of fact, organic wines are created in order to preserve the environment from the negative impact of pesticides and preserve the farmers' health as they are in direct contact with these products.
Nero d’Avola — Italian Origin
Another type of organic farming that’s more advanced is called biodynamic farming. It consists in respecting the plant and its ecosystem. This form of agriculture prescribes the use of homeopathic medicine to cure illnesses in the vines. In addition, there are “natural” wines which use very little or no oenological products during the winemaking process.
In addition to these forms of farming, there also exists sustainable farming which allows to bridge the gap between conventional and organic farming methods. This consists in using chemical products in order to maintain the vines but only when absolutely necessary.
During this tasting we were able to try wines that came from France and the whole of Europe. It’s hard to say if organic farming alters the taste of the wine but what I can say is that I feel the wines are more rounded with softer tannins.
It’s true that organic wines have a negative image with a reputation for being “bad” but I’m proud to say that not only are they good, they are excellent. Moreover, it’s a proof of quality to know that no pesticides were used during production. Nevertheless, it’s a shame that organic wines have to bear extra costs just to sell their products under the title of organic farming whereas that’s not the case for wines using conventional farming methods.
Did you go to Vinisud 2017? What were your discoveries?
Domaine Ricardelle de Lautrec — Pinot Noir