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Day September 4, 2013

Walking the Soils of the Languedoc

Looking for Colors of the Languedoc

Herault, Languedoc

a soil map of the Herault region of Languedoc, each color represents a different soil type–it’s intensely varied. this map represents only one small Department of the Languedoc, Herault, less than 6000 sq kilometers/2300 sq miles. The Languedoc as a whole remains so varied and reaches more than 42,000 sq kilometers/16,400 sq miles. Imagine.

Today after more study of the soils of the Languedoc, and touring some of the vineyards of Herault, near the town of Montagnac, we drove North into the limestone buttresses of the Midi-Pyrenees to taste Roquefort cheese — only the one area can produce AOC certified Roquefort, and so only 7 businesses in the world make AOC Roquefort — and visit the World’s Tallest Bridge, the Millau Viaduct. We then returned south for tasting Olive Oil, and to meet with Jean Claude Mas, a vigneron that’s slowly changing old bulk wine viticulture into better quality viticulture by focusing on organic farming and encouraging the life of the soil. Tomorrow we fly from Montpellier. I’ll be sorry to leave the Languedoc. It’s a place I’d like to spend more time. So much to share — how Roquefort is made, how oysters are farmed, what makes this region special, where to visit on tour, interviews with vigneron. When I get back to the states I have some follow up interviews with winemakers and importers, and am tasting more wines from the region. Write ups to come.

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With minimal time off tour this week I’m posting only as I’m able and briefly. See you more next week!

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