Paul Strang has recently launched his new guide to the wines and winemakers of Languedoc-Roussillon. Amanda Barnes reviews it.
This is by no means a small book – in size, nor measure, and quite rightly so considering it is on the topic of Languedoc-Roussillon, one of France’s most expansive wine regions. It is also home to the largest vineyard in the world, as Paul Strang details in the introduction to his new book on the wines and the winemakers of the region.
The introduction takes the reader through a concise history of the wine region and its booms and busts, before leading into the actuality happening in the vineyards and wineries – from the increasing organic and biodynamic movement in the region’s vineyards to the new diversity of opinions on oak ageing in the winery.
Strang details the varieties and appellation rules before moving onto the wine producers of the region, which makes up the bulk of the book. This is the part which really acts as your guide to the Languedoc-Roussillon – with personalised introductions and descriptions for each family and producer which give a colourful insight into their generational stories and family quirks. Each producer profile also includes their contact details, visiting hours and visitor protocol, a star rating and their address and location (as also detailed in the large-scale maps).
In a large format with attractive photography and useful maps, this is a very useful directory to the producers of this vast and diverse region.
Reviewed by Amanda Barnes
Paul Strang’s book, Languedoc-Roussillon: The Wines and Winemakers, is available to buy online now at Amazon.