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Princess and The Bear

 

 

The Land

The Languedoc-Roussillon is one of those geographic wonders with perfect climate that has sustained civilizations for millennia. The region is cradled by mountain ranges on the north and south and the Mediterranean to the east. The west is exposed, allowing the fabled Tramontane winds from northern Europe and the Atlantic Ocean to funnel into the region between the Pyrennes Mountains and the plateaus and mountains of the Massif Central, which rises through south central France.  This drying wind helps keep the grape leaves healthy and contributes to the region's significant production of organic and biodynamically grown wines.  The Languedoc-Roussillon boasts the highest percentage of organic wine production in France.

The soil in the area is incredibly rich and varied as a result of the “Languedoc-Roussillon Symphony”, the collision of tectonic plates and the subsequent flooding of the formerly dry Mediterranean basin, creating beautiful soils for wine growing: shale (schist) with limestone, volcanic soil, sandstone and calcareous clay,  pebble terraces, limestone and clay, and sandy loam near the Mediterranean.  On top of this, the region receives gorgeous sunshine 316 days a year on average. All of this creates a perfect environment for cultivating grapes!!!

One of the things that makes the wines of the Languedoc-Roussillon so delicious and interesting is how much a wine made from grapes grown on one soil differs from a wine made from the same grapes grown on entirely different soil.  The soil can change drastically in just 30 feet so there is an endless variety to the flavors and structure of the wines.  We will show you this fascinating variety through the wines we select and bring to the US and you will discover your favorite.  Everyone finds wines they love and just can't get enough of.

The plant life and landscape is also amazingly varied going from lush chestnut and walnut high mountain forests to lower elevation Mediterranean pine groves surrounding “the garrigue”, rugged wild herbs and aromatic scrublands, and further down to the wetlands home to thousands of birds on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea.  There the basins are full of the most delicious seafood, and our favorite…..oysters, fabulous oysters and other shellfish that are in perfect sync with a chilled Picpoul de Pinet, a grape and wine you will find only here.  Because the temperature varies with altitude and position, the range of grapes grown in the Languedoc-Roussillon is staggering.  We will help expand your taste range by introducing wines from some of the lesser known but delicious grape varieties that this diverse landscape supports.

The Languedoc-Roussillon region, is now part of the French government department called Occitanie but we have chosen to keep the traditional name Languedoc-Roussillon.