In our End of May 2019 issue of The Wine Advocate
, managing editor Joe Czerwinski heads to the Languedoc
, bringing forth a mighty 325 tasting notes of the latest and greatest in the region. “While at one time, the purpose of these vineyards was to simply satisfy French thirst for inexpensive vin de table
, today, many producers have shifted focus to producing limited quantities of top-flight wines,” he says.
Here, the top five wines from the issue, all rated 96 points and higher.
“It's a huge, full-bodied, rich wine of absolutely mammoth proportions, yet it remains fresh and vibrant.”
“The fantastic 2011 Coteaux du Languedoc is mature yet should drink well for at least another decade.”
“Pencil shavings accent classic Syrah notes of licorice, blackberries and grilled meat on the nose, while the full-bodied palate is supple and velvety, and blueberries and plums emerge on the long finish.”
“Full-bodied, rich and concentrated, it's a testament to low yields and ample extraction, adding hints of dark chocolate and espresso on the long, chewy finish.”
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