Terre de Loups les Landes is a wine from Languedoc-Roussillon,region of France
,Languedoc-Roussillon region covers an area of 42,800 hectares, producing more than 1.8 million hectoliters in the extreme south of France. This is the first wine producing region of France in volume. The first to establish vineyards in the area were the Greeks, in the fifth century BC. This then was the Romans who cultivated and vines enjoyed great expansion until the modern period (seventeenth century). In 1863, phylloxera ravaged French vineyards. Once a cure was found, the area under vine cultivation in the region increased sharply to become in the twentieth century, the largest vineyard in France.
Languedoc-Roussillon is located in a Mediterranean climate zone characterized by mild winters and hot, dry summers and low rainfall. The Tramontana wind dry vines and prevents diseases. It has a wide variety of soils (shale, sandstone, limestone boulders, sandy clay soils) which explains the richness of this region, and the diversity of the AOC proposed. During a long time, wines of Languedoc-Roussillon were seen as poor quality wines, producing only bulk wine. Now, the improved quality of the production and its sweet prices make Languedoc-Roussillon the first wine export region of France, celebrated for its refreshing pink wines and its fruity red wines. A large production of sparkling wines (Blanquette de Limoux) and of natural sweet wines (Muscat de Rivesaltes, Muscat de Lunel, Muscat de Frontigan, Maury,...) continues to impress the wine lovers.
Terre de Loups les Landes is located in Languedoc-Roussillon's sub-region of Saint-Chinian
,Saint-Chinian is considered to be the oldest winemaking area in the old Languedoc region of France, as the vineyards have been cultivated since ancient times. In 1951 Saint-Chinian was classified as a Vin Delimite de Qualite Superieure (VDQS), the second highest category of French wine. In 1982 the area was awarded an Appellation d'origine controlee, AOC Saint-Chinian. The Saint-Chinian AOC is situated at the foot of the edges of the Massif Central, the plateau of Espinouse. It is exposed towards the Mediterranean Sea.The ground of the AOC Saint-Chinian is split into two distinct sides. To the north of the appellation, the soil is composed of schists. The wines produced on these schists are of a deep colour, very expressive in the mouth, fruity and a little acidic. To the south of the appellation, beyond the village of Saint-Chinian, the soils are quite clayey and chalky. The wines produced on this type of soil are weaker and less robust. The grapes used at Saint-Chinian are Carignan, Cinsault, Grenache, Mourvedre and Syrah. Syrah (used to ameliorate the wines), Mourvedre and Grenache represent approximately 70% of the grapes grown on the land. The Carignan grape is used in the making of red wines, while the Cinsault grape is better for the making of fruity rose wines.
Carignan (also known as Mazuelo, Bovale Grande, Carinena, Samso, and Carignane) is a red Spanish/French wine grape variety that is widely planted throughout the western Mediterranean area and around the globe. It is as well a substantial producer in jug wine production in California Central Valley. Carignan is a late budding and late ripening variety that is often one of the last grapes to be harvested during a vintage. The vine is very vigorous and high yielding, able to easily produce 200 hectoliters/hectare. In winemaking, the grape is often used as a deep coloring component in blends, rather than being made in a varietal form with some exceptions. It can be a difficult variety for winemakers to work with, being naturally high in acidity, tannins and astringency which requires a lot of skill to produce a wine of finesse and elegance.
is a dark-skinned red wine grape from the northern Rhone Valley of eastern France. In Australia, Syrah is overwhelmingly (but not exclusively) known as Shiraz.Syrah is an extremely useful blending grape due to its deep color and typically high tannins, it can also age many decades. In the southern Rhone, it is common for Syrah to be blended with Grenache, Mourvedre, Carignan and Cinsaut, among others.Some of the world's most famous Syrah wines are the peppery, earthy reds of the northern Rhone Valley, specifically of the Cote-Rotie, Hermitage and Saint-Joseph appellations.Varietal Syrah can be quite floral in its youth, developing more peppery and vegetal notes as it ages. Some examples show tanned leather and smoky scents, while the fruit in these wines tends towards the very dark flavors of blackcurrant and licorice.The Valais in Switzerland and Burgenland in Austria welcomed Syrah as well with different styles of winemaking.
Garnacha (grenache in French) is a red-wine grape grown extensively in France, Spain, Australia and the United States. It is a particularly versatile varietal both in the vineyard and in the winery, and for this reason it has become one of the most widely distributed grape in the world. Some believe that the grape comes originally from Sardinia, and was taken back to Spain by the Aragonese, who occupied the island in the 14th Century. In France, Grenache is most widely planted in the southern Rhone Valley and throughout both Provence and Languedoc-Roussillon. Used in blends, it offers all sorts of possibilities. The Grenache-based rose is one of the southern France’s wine style's signature: wines produced in the towns of Tavel and Lirac are two good examples. In Spain, Garnacha is the second most planted red wine grape variety, outplanted only by its modern blending partner: Tempranillo.
flavor with cherry and plum, and a little spices things. Good for matching with grilled food.