The local producer

Olivier Decelle


Mas Amiel (Roussillon) and Château Jean Faure (St Emilion)
27 August, 2008
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Languedoc-Roussillon must not focus mainly on international grape varieties , for two reasons . Firstly, the area is lucky to offer great terroirs and, secondly, the terroir expression is also linked to the local variety adapted to that terroir. We should avoid the standardisation of an international taste as we do not have the means of our competitors in South Africa and Australia. However, a grape variety like Syrah is interesting in a blend. Mas Amiel would not be Mas Amiel without Grenache Noir and Carignan. The whole world can produce Merlot and Syrah, but not our Grenache or Cabernet Franc from some areas in the Loire Valley.