jueves, 21 de marzo de 2013

Louis Latour Domaine de Valmoissine Pinot Noir, Vin de Pays des Côteaux du Verdon, Louis Latour 2010


- Appellation: Indication Géographique Protégée Var
- Region: Côteaux du Verdon
- Village: Aups
- Grape varieties: Pinot Noir    
- Soil: Clay and limestone
- Tasting notes: The Domaine de Valmoissine 2011 has a lovely ruby red colour with garnet tints. It has an intense nose with aromas of Morello cherries. It is harmonious in the mouth with slightly young tannins which will soon become fine and sily-smooth. It is a wonderfully balanced wine.

- Winery: Domaine de Valmoissine is located on the site of the ancient monastery and university of Valmoissine at 500 metres above sea-level. This guarantees sunshine during the summer months whilst remaining cool at night and limits the possibility of spring frosts. The vineyard's southern exposure gives the raisins perfect maturity at the same time as the Grands Crus of Corton. The yield is small in order to ensure perfect maturity and concentration of the grapes, the factors that create the best quality wines. This results in an elegant wine with remarkable finesse.
- Price: £9.61


Vin de Pays des Coteaux du Verdon is the Vin de Pavs de Zone title for red, white and rose wines from the northern edge of the Var administrative département in the Provence region of southern France.

The area in question forms a large lozenge shape about 30 miles (50km) long, with its northern tip marked by the Lac du Sainte-Croix. The foothills of the Alpes and the Alpes de Haute-Provence department lie just on the other side of the lake, and the Verdon river- which gives this Vin de Pavs title its name - flows from its western edge.

The climate type here sits between Mediterranean and continental. The coast is only 30 miles (50km) to the south-east, but lies beyond several ranges of coastal hills. The average annual temperatures are amongst the warmest in the whole of France.

VDP des Coteaux du Verdon wines may be made from numerous different grape varieties, but are dominated by traditional Provencal varieties, such as Carianan. Cinsaut, Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre for reds, and Grenache Blanc, Viognier, Bourboulenc, Marsanne and Roussanne for whites.

As it falls within the catchment of the Vin de Pays des Portes de Mediterranee, any VDP des Coteaux du Verdon wine may be sold under this alternative regional VDP title.

Louis Latour (Côteaux du Verdon):
The côteaux de Verdon is a visually stunning and historically rich region of France only 70 miles north of the holiday hot-spot of Saint Tropez. The vineyards are situated up in the mountains, not far from the magnificent gorges that the region is famous for. These unique growing conditions mean that the grapes benefit from a slightly warmer climate but are also enriched by the longer, cooler night-time hours. It is these cooler nighttime hours that give the wine its ultimate finesse.

In 1989 Maison Louis Latour diversified its Burgundian vinification practices and pioneered the production of the Pinot Noir grape in the Verdon by buying 30 ha (75 acres) of land. The current Monsieur Louis Latour sought to revive the historical wine-making practices that were the original Pinot Noir style two hundred years ago. The « Domaine de Valmoissine » is therefore a wine which is both a testament to Burgundian tradition and a novelty. Maison Louis Latour has proved with its 200 years of "savoir-faire" and with rigorous site selection that the fickle Pinot Noir can be successfully produced outside its native Burgund .The wine comprises an elegance and finesse that is unrivalled in this part of France.


Vin de Pays Portes de Mediterranee is a Vin de Pays (VDP) title covering the Vauduse, Bouches-du-Rhone, Var, Alpes-de Haute-Provence, Hautes-Alpes and Alpes-Maritimes administrative departments of southern France. Theoretically, it also includes the Ardeche and Drome departments, although this is academic as they are already covered by the neighboring Comte Rhodaniens title. Portes de Mediterranee basically corresponds to the Provence wine region and is a key contributor to the Vin de Pays category.

The island of Corsica, one of France's 26 administrative regions, is covered by the Portes de Mediterranee title, although the vast majority of its wine comes under the even more evocative name of Vin de Pays de I'lle de Beaute.

A Vin de Pays Regional, the VDP Portes de Mediterranee title covers every vineyard of all six of its departments, irrespective of terroir and climate. The catchment area is defined by the departmental boundaries, rather than the presence of a particular soil type or mesoclimate.

It also includes seven Vin de Pays de Zone appellations. These are more location- specific titles, such as VDP des Alpilles and VDP des Maures.

As with almost all IGP / Vin de Pavs titles, Vins de Pays Portes de Mediterranee are red, white and rose. They are made predominantly from grapes
which have proved successful in the Provence region, both traditionally and more recently.

As is fitting for any appellation of Provence (where 80% of all wine is rose), a large proportion of Portes de Mediterranee wines are red and rose. They are made from varieties such as Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre, Carianan, Merlot, and Cabernets Sauvianon and Franc. The small proportion of white wine is produced from varieties such as Chardonnay, Marsanne, Grenache Blanc, Muscat and Viogner. Those made from a single variety (of which there are an increasing number) are subject to taste testing by an official panel charged with judging whether a wine expresses the true varietal nature of its grapes. This process - a legal requirement since the VDP review of September 2000 - imparts a certain level of reliability to these wines.

In 2009, the Vin de Pays (VDP) title that had been in force since the 1970s was supplemented with Indication Geoaraphiaue Protegee (IGP) - its EU equivalent. French wine authorities have actively promoted the use of IGP, which acts as a legal statement of quality and origin throughout the eurozone. Wine producers retain the right to use either title.

References: Louis Latour and wine-searcher  

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