Review Pitch Pr
For this article I tasted a wine from the Pays d’Oc that I received from Pitch PR. The purpose is to write a creative review in order to have a chance to win a wine trip to the Pays d’Oc.
The wine I received for this review is the Domaine PY Chardonnay 2018, scroll to the end of this article if you can’t wait because first we are going to make a trip through the Pays d’Oc!
What do we know about the IGP Pays d’Oc?
The IGP Pays d’Oc mainly consists of wines made from a single grape variety and it is allowed to work with up to 58 different grape varieties. The choice is huge! Today, this results in very creative wines from talented and adventurous winemakers.
In the past, we were not always happy with the wines from the Pays d’Oc. It was a bit of a slurpy area where quantity was more important than quality. Chances are the Merlot your grandmother always drank from her Duralex glass, came from this Mediterranean area in the South of France. But this wine region, which runs from the Rhone to the Spanish border, is no longer the place where bulk is produced.
The IGP Pays d’Oc cooperates with 1375 wine companies and 12,000 producers and is responsible for 20 percent of the French wines you can find in the Netherlands. You can guess why? The price-quality ratio is very good! Lot’s of wine for little money.
IGP Pays d’Oc
The IGP Pays d’Oc was created by Bureau Véritas Quality France and is a quality label for wines from the Languedoc-Roussillon region; these include the regions of Hérault, Aude, Gard, Pyrénées-Orientales and six villages in Lozère.
IGP stands for Indication Géographique Protégée and this mark stands for quality and traceability.
If you want to mention the IGP Pays d’Oc on your bottle, all grapes used for the wine must come from the Pays d’Oc and ALL wines covered by this IGP are tasted by a competent panel. For more information check https://www.paysdoc-wines.com
The climate of Languedoc-Rousillon
The Languedoc-Roussillon region has a Mediterranean maritime climate and is the warmest area in France after Corsica. Summers are hot and dry, in winter there is a lot of precipitation and spring and autumn are mild.
Domaine PY is located in the Corbieres and is, due to the influences of the Mediterranean sea breeze and the clay-limestone soils, very suitable for the production of organic (since 2008) quality wines. Within the domain wines are produced that fall under the AOC Corbieres, think of Carignan from old vines, Grenache, Syrah and Cinsault and wines that fall under the IGP, such as Merlot, Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon.
Organic wine making in the Pays d’Oc
Domaine PY sees the need to work from the needs of the vines and the grapes and the cycles of their growth. Intensive observation of the vineyards ensures the prevention of diseases. In 2016, Domaine PY introduced their first bottles of naturally made wine without sulphites, which were biodynamically grown in selected vineyards. The 100% Grenache IGP was simply called Tout naturellement.
REVIEW Domaine PY Chardonnay 2018
The soil I come from is made of salty clay. My roots penetrate through layers of savory earth and feed me with stony minerals. Through my hair Zephyros blows and rushes, sometimes hard, than softer, breezy, sensual. Dry heat warms me like a crackling campfire, the coolness and silence of the night watches over me with the moon.
I rise like a youthful Venus from the sea, fertile and one with nature. I am crisp as a bite from a lemon, soft as ripe white melon. My buttocks juicy peaches, my mouth floral, a daisy. In my hair twigs of rosemary and thyme.
On those hot summer days, when you crave refreshment and want to quench your thirst before dinner, let it be me that seduces you.