You remember that vacation you wanted to take to the South of France? Well, we’re bringing it to you (you’re welcome). Only this escape is not by way of rosé and bouillabaisse.
Just because it’s not yacht season doesn’t mean you can’t transport yourself to one of the most romantic, luxurious places on earth. But instead of nautical stripes and boat shoes, pack for the mountains because we’re taking you to the Languedoc hillside where it’s a bit more rugged. Influenced by both rocky terraces and the Mediterranean sea breeze, the Terrasses du Larzac is an appellation that is so unique, it’s been classified as its own subdivision in the Langudoc. Dope, right? It’s important to note that in 1970, there was a great exodus from the Languedoc - a loss of faith in the vineyards, if you will. But while many fled to make a living in easier terrain with more well-known grapes, Jean-Pierre Jullien stayed and named his domaine "Cal Demoura", which means one must remain.
So we bring you Mas Cal Demoura, a blend of the five regional grapes: Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre, Cinsault and Carignan, which result in a red blend that is restrained in its youth, not overly aggressive, but exceedingly well-balanced and drinkable. This wine’s got loads of black fruits and licorice, and an amazing freshness. Roast beef and mushrooms are perfect matches. And it will slowly unwind and evolve from the first glass to the last.
We could bore you and go on with wine-y things and lavish it with praise for its lilac and thyme notes, blue and black fruits, and substantial body with soft tannins, but c’mon. Just imagine a wine that is familiar enough to drink without having to ask too much, with a little bit of a wild streak that is a welcome surprise. It’s like getting flowers for no reason. Or taking a vacation in the off season. Like now.
This wine is a departure from what you might drink everyday, but it doesn’t stray too far toward foreign that you won’t immediately refill your glass and pretend not to see your buddy’s empty one. Yeah, wine is about sharing, but you snooze you lose, right?
THE CHEAT SHEET
THE WINE: Mas Cal Demoura, ‘L’Infidele’ Terasses du Larzac, Languedoc, France 2009
THE GRAPE: Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre, Cinsault (Sin-so, a grape local to the Languedoc) and Carignan (Care-in-Yan, another native grape)
HOMETOWN: Languedoc in Southern France
TASTES LIKE: Deep purple and red fruit, floral notes like lilac and subtle savory aromas like olives, thyme and rosemary; substantial weight and body—almost chewy, meaty texture.
GOES DOWN EASY WITH: Roasted meats, steak, pork and pasta, mushrooms and lentils.
IF YOU LIKE: The dark fruit and smokiness of a French Malbec, this is your new must-drink bottle, a notch up in weight. Pair with a something flame-cooked and a fireside story.