Coteaux du Languedoc and the Coastal Vins Doux Naturels
By Richard James
This Guide was last updated on 06 March 2010
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The nearby village of Sommières forms the heart of one of those recently created sub-zones in the far (north)eastern corner of the old Coteaux du Languedoc appellation, lying roughly between Montpellier and Alès and to the west of Nîmes. Solange and Eric Bouet are the welcoming couple behind off-the-beaten-track Mas Mouriès, composed of a clutch of pretty old farmhouse buildings surrounded by about 30ha of vineyards lying on gentle hills just outside the tiny village of Vic Le Fesq. As well as making arguably one of the Languedoc's best red wines built for ageing, called Les Myrthes, they are trying to preserve the estate's diverse natural environment of green trees and wild shrubs, herbs and brambles by farming organically. And it’s a great spot for a pleasant stroll around the vineyards to take it all in first-hand. Eric’s regular "M" Languedoc red is also very tasty and he makes some surprisingly good white wines too, dry and sweet.
Useful information: The tasting room is open Monday-Saturday 09.00-19.00. Sundays by appointment only.
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