If I have to type Languedoc-Roussillon one more time I think I might switch to a stronger drink. The list above shows all the bottles of Languedoc and Roussillon wine I had over the last four weeks. That's a lot of Languedoc-Roussillon.
Although I think I'll be distancing myself from the mid-priced wine of the Midi for a while (be sure to cross over to the wild side for the Wild Walla Walla Wine Woman's edition of WBW 34) my fascination with the South of France remains.
Yes, I must really enjoy these wines if I drank 40 bottles of the stuff last month and then enumerated each one. It's a coincidence that I also counted 40 bottles submitted to WBW 33 by participants. That makes it a perfect 80-bottle month! Stats time...
Here's how those 40 wines from WBW participants' entries break down.
BY STYLE: 1 white - 2 fortified - 1 rose - 36 red(Have to mention that John at Brim to the Dregs, bless his soul, posted rehashes on his previous tastings of the very obscure AOC names Cabardès and Picpoul de Pinet. Take a look.)
BY APPELLATION: 1 Collioure, 2 Banyuls, 1 Faugerès, 16 Coteaux du Languedoc, 3 Corbières, 3 Minervois, 4 Côtes du Roussillon, 2 Roussillon-Villages (plus 8 VdP)
Here's how my own tally of 40 wines leading up to WBW breaks down.
BY STYLE: 6 white - 1 sparkling - 2 fortified - 31 red
BY APPELLATION: 1 Limoux, 1 Cabardès, 1 Collioure, 1 Rivesaltes, 1 Banyuls, 1 Roussillon-Villages, 2 Côtes du Roussillon, 2 Fitou, 3 Corbières, 3 St-Chinian, 2 Faugères, 4 Minervois, 7 Coteaux du Languedoc, 1 Nîmes (plus 11 VdP)
The distribution of WBW entries is consistent with the physical distribution of the wines themselves in stores, especially in the case of the SAQ network. Looking at the catalogs in Quebec and Ontario, the biggest markets in Canada which are also both state-run agencies, you see Midi wine products broken down in the following way (Ontario liquor monopoly figures in brackets):
Fitou 8 (1) St-Chinian 22 (1) Faugères 17 (1) Collioure 4 (1) Cabardès 5 (0) Côtes de la Malepère 2 (0) Limoux 6 (1) Corbières 34 (2) Roussillon 27 (3) Languedoc 53 (6)
It's no wonder 23 wines out of 80 were strictly Coteaux du Languedoc -- its shelf presence can easily be 2 to 3 times that of any other Midi wine. It's also no wonder why I needed to look harder when exploring Roussillon wines. The SAQ seems to be relatively shy stocking the up-and-coming Roussillon region. Proportionally, the wines are less present in store, and in the end my Roussillon consumption was roughly equal to one half of final WBW figures. Don't worry, I'm aware of the disparity and I'm on it.
So you've got to ask yourself, did you find your bottle or did your bottle find you?