Languedoc-Roussillon: Felines Jourdan

It has been estimated that about 40% by volume of all wine produced in France originates in Languedoc-Roussillon. Consequently, William-Harrison has been particularly judicious and unusually selective in choosing the best wines from the best producers in their respective local areas and appellations. The remarkable and distinctive landscape of the Languedoc is a vast sea of vines reflecting different shades of green. The vines push back the borders of the scrub-covered landscape and compete for space even with holiday beaches and the towns and villages. Despite being the largest producer, they suffered through the fifties with a poor reputation. With the advent of modern technology and the stewardship of people like Ms. Claude Jourdan, many of the local wines are better than they ever have been and continue to improve.

  • Picpoul de Pinet

    This domaine-bottled version is a big step up from the cooperatives in the area, since the Jourdan family takes great care to limit yields and create the best Picpoul you can buy. This wine has won many awards in France and abroad. Bright, citrusy, yet mouthfillingly rich, this wine has a great finish.

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  • Coteaux des Besilles Rose

    A new addition to our line, this is a Rosé wine from the shores of the Mediterranean Sea made from 90% Cinsault and 10% Syrah. Claude Jourdan makes the wines while her brother and sister tend the vines at their family estate in the Picpoul area near Mèze on the Mediterranean coast, halfway between Marseille and the Spanish frontier. From the winery and vineyards you can see the oyster beds in the shallow Mediterranean a few hundred meters away. This domaine-bottled rosé is made from Cinsault and Syrah, and is a big step up from the cooperatives in the area, since the Jourdan family takes great care to limit yields. The Syrah adds a touch of spice to the fruit component and the Cinsault contributes acidity and tannins and the Grenache the fruit. These grapes give a wine more reminiscent of a Tavel (where they use a fair amount of Cinsault in their rosés) for half the price. Very pretty fruit aromas and body, with a little more richness on the palate compared to Provence rosés. This wine has a great finish and is perfect all year long.

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