Terroir is the environment of vineyard, including characteristics of altitude, slope, soil content, drainage, exposure to sun and ambient climate. But that’s not all. It is also the history, class and pedigree of the vineyard and winery. Vincent Lataste is a third generation winemaker who continues to carry out the family tradition, combining history with modernity. Founded in 1890, Lataste vineyards is manned by Vincent, who took over the family vineyards at the age of 17, after the death of his father.
The Languedoc-Roussillon region of France is where Vincent Lataste produces this organic grenache I had the pleasure to taste. The Mediterranean climate and limestone in the soil adds the minerality adored by oeonophiles.
How can wine be organic? It’s in the production of grapes, which are grown free of chemicals such as pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, insecticides or chemical fertilizers. Instead, natural methods of combating vineyard pests are employed. Ladybugs and praying mantis’ are a few insects that eat the pests that ruin grapes.
The soft, pale salmon-toned 2017 grenache proved to be fruit forward, and I was more than pleased with this wine because I love the soft palate of grenache and the subtle taste of raspberries. It’s smooth, balanced and refreshing as a rosé.
I also tried the 2015 grenache, which was straightforward in its elegant expression of strawberries and raspberries. This is a red wine to enjoy with something a bit heartier, such as sausages or steaks, and even game meats like rabbit.
Did I taste the organic elements? Honestly, I wouldn’t know what organic or non-organic tastes like, but I do know that I sometimes experience allergic reactions to pesticides, so there’s that.
The price is right for the consumer who wants quality organic wines; you can purchase a bottle of the rosé at around $20. So, whether you’re sipping on rosé from Château de Lardiley, or merlot from Château Mamin, LaTaste is your go-to organic wine for every season.