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Chateau La Dournie
Chateau La Dournie
Chateau La Dournie
Some way to the north-west of Béziers, on the fringes of the Haut Languedoc mountains, the vineyards of Saint-Chinian produce wines of great elegance and structure. Situated in the hills on the edge of the town of Saint-Chinian, with a large chateau and courtyard set amongst the vineyards, six generations of the Etienne family has produced exquisite wines, combining the unique flavours of the Languedoc with an almost Burgundian elegance. Syrah, Grenache, Carignan and Cinsault are the main varieties used.

The Guide Hachette says; "Continuity is assured with this sixth generation taking the reins at La Dournie, with these magnificent cuvées, by way of confirmation." The wines
are characterised by soft berry fruits with notes of violet, tapenade, garrigue herbs and a distinct mineral streak, along with gentle tannins and superb balance. They are distinctly refreshing, yet considerably complex, and - possibly more than any other appellation in Languedoc - seem to conjure up that mysterious word "terroir". Try some, and you may well see what we mean!




Domaine La Dournie Marie 2016 IGP Pays d'Oc
Domaine La Dournie Marie 2016
Vintage
2016

Region Pays d'Oc - in Saint-Chinian
Colour/Style Dry white - medium bodied, barrel fermented
Grapes 100% Roussanne
Alcohol (a.b.v)
13.0%
Food Fish, chicken, pork, salads or as an aperitif
Next day
Best on day 1, but still good
Drink Excellent to drink now, or over the next 2 or 3 years
A very pale, limpid straw colour. Delicately perfumed and fresh, offering aromas of orange blossom, apricot and honeysuckle, with a sprinkling of aromatic herbs, very subtle oak nuances and a distinct whiff of mineral/wet stone. Roussanne normally tends to have a rich, slightly oily texture to the palate, but this one is beautifully fresh, fruity and crisp, like biting into a just-ripe nectarine or dessert apple, with subtle hints of fennel and clove. Essentially bone dry, with soft citrus acidity and a streak of stony minerality, which adds a rather delicious and refreshing orange peel and sherbert tang to the surprisingly long finish. Delicious!
 

Price:  £13.50 (Including: VAT at 20%)

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Chateau La Dournie 2015 Saint-Chinian
Chateau La Dournie 2015
Vintage
2015

Region Saint-Chinian, north-west of Béziers
Colour/Style Dry red, aged partly in oak barrels, mostly in vat
Grapes 50% Syrah, 25% Grenache, 25% Carignan
Alcohol (a.b.v)
13.5%
Food Roast red meats, vegetable and pasta dishes
Next day
Still fresh the next day
Drink Over the next 3 to 5 years
Syrah grown on schiste (crumbly slate) soil, in vineyards situated 200-plus metres above sea level, makes for one of the most distinctive, recognisable and refreshing styles of red Languedoc wine. Heady aromas of bramble, black cherry, pepper/spice, freshly-baked bread, leather, and the merest whiff of black olive tapenade greet the nose, all of which carry through onto the palate, with all that sweet-sour-savoury-umami fruit perfectly complemented by grippy, gently rustic, tea-like tannins and really mouth-watering orange and cherry skin acidity. Really cracking stuff, and a bargain, for a properly iconic Languedoc red.
 

Price:  £10.99 (Including: VAT at 20%)

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Chateau La Dournie Etienne 2014 Saint-Chinian
Chateau La Dournie Etienne 2014
Vintage
2014

Region Saint-Chinian, north-west of Béziers
Colour/Style Dry red, aged for 10 months in oak barrels
Grapes 50% Syrah, 25% Grenache, 25% Carignan
Alcohol (a.b.v)
13.5%
Food Roast red meats, vegetable and pasta dishes, game
Next day
Still fresh
Drink Over the next 5 to 8 years
Youthful in appearance, this wine displays a perfume so typical of this region and grower - a riot of bramble, cassis and blueberry fruit aromas burst from the glass, with notes of parma violets, crushed black pepper, oregano, thyme and black olive. The palate is similarly bursting with fruit and savoury (herby, rather than meaty) flavours and possesses an earthy/stoney/slatey minerality, which - combined with fine tannins and wonderfully mouth-watering, tangy acidity - makes for a wine that is, at the same time, fruity, savoury, peppery, tangy and very more-ish. It is also very long, considerably complex and very, very lovely. Bravo to winemaker Véronique Etienne - this is easily the best vintage of Etienne I have tasted so far.
 

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Chateau La Dournie Elise 2014 Saint-Chinian
Chateau La Dournie Elise 2014
Vintage
2014

Region Saint-Chinian, north-west of Béziers
Colour/Style Dry red, partly aged in new oak barrels, the rest in vat
Grapes 80% Syrah, 20% Grenache (50 year old vines)
Alcohol (a.b.v)
14.0%
Food Venison, beef, lamb and vegetable hotpot, roast pork
Next day
Still singing
Drink Over the next 10 to15 years
A deep, semi-opaque purple core, with a narrow rim. An enticing array of fruit and savoury aromas - bramble and plum combine with black olives and new leather, garrigue herbs, damp earth, along with subtle woodsmoke and floral notes - a wine of considerable complexity. Although winemaker Veronique Etienne may not thank me for saying so, Elise is always the most "northern Rhone" of her wines in style (and therefore also representitive of the finest schiste-grown Saint-Chinian terroir) and this vintage is no different. Granted, it is still pretty primary and youthful on the palate, but it already displays the body, freshness, fruit, minerality and black olive quality typical of this cuvée. It is beautifully ripe and full of succulent black cherry and bramble fruit flavours, but with plenty of nuance and complexity peeping through, with a nice balance between fine tannins and juicy, spiky acidity. Although undoubtedly approachable now, this will begin to show it's true potential in a year or two and evolve brilliantly for at least ten. Without a doubt one of the finest wines in the appellation.
 

Price:  £16.99 (Including: VAT at 20%)

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Chateau La Dournie "La Dournie" 2014 Saint-Chinian
Chateau La Dournie La Dournie 2014
Vintage
2014

Region Saint-Chinian, north-west of Béziers
Colour/Style Dry red, aged in used oak barrels for 1 year
Grapes Grenache and Carignan from a single plot
Alcohol (a.b.v)
14.0%
Food Venison, beef, lamb, mushroom risotto
Next day
Still excellent
Drink Over the next 10 to15 years
Although very young, this has a whiff of fine wine about it...... a veritable cornucopia of fresh and preserved red and black fruits burst forth from the glass, combined with all manner of herbal, floral, medicinal, tarry, earthy and savoury aromas. Freshly baked bread/brioche also gets a look in, not to mention a hint of the very finest eau de vie you can think of. Oh and just the *faintest* lick of (older) oak. A really complex, integrated and intoxicating wine, with oodles of spice-laden, garrigue-infused black cherry and bramble fruit on the palate, with rich, ripe tannins and a backbone of mouth-watering acidity. A rather well-known and respected wine writer and Languedoc expert described it as "reminiscent more of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, but not too heavy or alcoholic". Well I am here to tell you that the latter may be accurate, but the former is not. For although it may not be like your everyday Saint-Chinian, it does possess all of the vibrancy and elegance that the best wines from this (relatively cool-climate) region of Languedoc has to offer - and is therefore far more reminiscent of the wines of the northern Rhone. The more I drink it, the more I am falling for it's rich, sweet-sour, tangy-spicy-herby loveliness. A brilliant wine, which needs 5 to 8 years to really show its potential (tasted January 2018).
 

Price:  £25.99 (Including: VAT at 20%)

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