I have been interested more and more in the Languedoc-Roussillon region recently. Up until now I have known it only superficially and I am not sure what had a big impact on me – was it my frequent travelling to the Midi lately? Or maybe I tasted too many very good wines from this part of the south of France? I have no idea but the result is surely only one: I am craving for this knowledge like a newborn baby wants its mum’s milk! Therefore almost every day I try to find out a bit more about this beautiful region. I’ve just read the book “Languedoc-Roussillon – the wines & winemakers” by Paul Strang and that is the subject I want to write about today.
In his book Paul Strang focuses on the individual wine producers. At the beginning he brings us the history of the region, the relations with the Cathars, the structure of production, allowed grape varieties and the typical production practices. Later on the author briefly describes each part of the region and in detail represents producers attaching useful maps and plenty of interesting photos.
The readers will certainly appreciate the multiplicity of information about each of the winemakers recognized by the author as the best ones – unfortunately for me I didn’t find any of the producers from the region in question who in my opinion produce the most amazing wines. However the book is a source of some important information for those who are looking for interesting wine estates in the Languedoc-Roussillon; and many of these estates mentioned are certainly worthwhile visiting.
I strongly recommend reading this book. Thanks to the author I added to my ‘to do list’ some new names and places I would like to visit.
I know the book is a collection of the characteristics of wines and descriptions of the producers from the region as suggested by its subtitle “The wines & winemakers”. I would have enjoyed more detailed information about the region, its appellations, traditions and curiosities. In my opinion the author treated the uniqueness of the terroir too superficially. I had hoped that there would be a part 2 (with let’s say “subregions & terroir” subtitle :p) but unfortunately I did not find any. Maybe the author will think about writing it? ;)
And Dear Readers what about you? Do you know any good books that describe Languedoc- Roussillon region? And what are the impressions of those of you who have had the opportunity to read “Languedoc-Roussillon the wines& Winemakers” by Paul Strang?
Here is some useful information about the book. Original title: Languedoc-Roussillon The wines and winemakers / Author: Paul Strang / Publisher: Octopus Publishing Group Ltd 2002 / Pictures: Jason Shenai / First published: Mitchell Beazley, 2002 / ISBN:184000500 9