B-21 Top Recommendation
I'm a huge fan of France's Deep South; the Languedoc's bevy of niche appellations keeps me coming back for more. In the early '90s I toured Minervois, its south facing, limestone-rich terroirs surrounding the town (and Cru) of La Livinière offering wines of exceptional depth and complexity. Another favorite is the ancient zone now known as Corbières. Spanning 40 miles just outside the Mediterranean seaport town of Narbonne (serious French rugby town), the terroirs of Corbières are amazing; a total of 11 unique terroirs are eligible for inclusion on wines labelled Corbières. Perhaps the prize for most breathtaking region of the Languedoc goes to La Clape. Until very recently – the summer of 2015 – this 2,000 year old landmass which was once a Mediterranean island was part of the Coteaux du Languedoc appellation. With advancements in viticulture and the arrival of world class varietals – Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre – La Clape built its own identity. One man is producing the most important wines throughout each of these zones, my buddy Claude Gros – yes, he of the 95-100pt Chateau Negly bottlings. Together, we have built the B-21 Languedoc Collection. Three are here for your discovery today – the greatest southern values I've found in years.