Learning about wine, vines and vignerons whilst living in the Languedoc

Delights and disappointments


Three months in Margon has given me the opportunity to taste and drink a lot of wines. I have frequently said that I don’t write good tasting notes but here are some producers whose wines I have enjoyed and a few that have been disappointing (to be kind to them).


  • Mas Coutelou – of course.
  • Mas Gabriel
  • Turner Pageot
  • Barral

Pic St Loup

  • Saint Daumary
  • Morties (red)
  • Moucheres (red)
  • Lancyre (white)


  • Pech Latt
  • Deux Anes


  • Les Enfants Sauvages


  • Treloar
  • Clos Du Rouge Gorge
  • Les Arabesques


  • Clos Des Grillons


  • De La Choppe


  • Guy Breton
  • JP Thévenet


  • Lemasson
  • Salmon


  • Peyre Rose
  • Montcalmes
  • Negly
  • Mas Belles Eaux

Author: amarch34

I'm a recently retired (early!) teacher from County Durham in North east England. I am going to be spending most of the next year in the Languedoc leaarning about wines, vineyards and the people who care for both.

3 thoughts on “Delights and disappointments

  1. Ooh…… strong words, Alan! 😉 Of the disappointments, I have no personal experience of the latter two. As for Montcalmes, I have some excellent experiences, of some older vintages, but notably the 2004 and 2005. If I remember correctly, one is a little reticent, whilst the other is showing really quite well. I still have 3 or 4 of each, so will see how they go over the next 5 to 10 years. As for Peyre Rose, I tasted one from the early 90’s recently, which was just fabulous. So I guess they need 20+ years to show their true colours. Which did you taste?


  2. 2004 and 2011 Leon. Neither was good, the 04 was brown, tired and just miserable. The 11 was obviously youthful but seemed heavy to me, no freshness or acidity. Maybe that’s the result of so much natural wine 🙂 Montcalmes was OK but nothing more and for the price I could have bought 2 or 3 bottles of wine that I would have enjoyed a lot more, especially at the prices a very generous Nottingham based merchant sells them at 😉


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