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Here are some selections from Languedoc producers that are setting a high standard of quality for a region known mostly for pleasant, drinkable wines.
— Dave McIntyre
★★★ (Great Value)
Faugeres, Languedoc, France, $18
Promex/Bacchus: Available on the list in the District at Bistro D’Oc, Montmartre, Posto, Red Hen. Available in Maryland at Wine Source in Baltimore.
★★★ (Great Value)
Languedoc, France, $18
Wine Traditions: Available in the District at Cork Market. Available in Virginia at Vienna Vintner.
Pic Saint-Loup, Coteaux du Languedoc, France, $33
This wine smells like a Hollywood version of the southern French landscape: lavender and thyme carried on a Mediterranean breeze. It has silky texture, with dark-fruit flavors and a subtle, compelling complexity. I tasted the 2009, which is just coming into this market. Retail stores may have the 2007, another good vintage that most likely improves with the extra bottle age.
Promex/Bacchus: Available in the District at Cork Market; on the list at Cork Wine Bar. Available in Maryland at Decanter Fine Wines in Columbia; on the list at Fleet Street Kitchen and Waterfront Kitchen in Baltimore.
★★1 / 2 (Great Value)
Haute Vallee de l’Orb, Languedoc, France, $18
Wine Traditions: Available in the District at Cork Market.
★★ (Great Value)
Terrasses du Larzac, Languedoc $19
Elite: Available in the District at Arrowine & Spirits, Cork & Fork, MacArthur Beverages, Schneider’s of Capitol Hill; on the list at Bistro Bis, Bistro Napoleon, Bistro le Zinc, Le Chat Noir, Le Grenadier, Kafe Leopold Konditorei, Mio, the Pig, Terasol. Available in Virginia at Arrowine & Cheese in Arlington, Balducci’s (Alexandria and McLean).