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Minervois & La Liviniere
A.O.C Minervois & Minervois La Liviniere
MinervoisOf all the more established A.O.C's in the Languedoc (created in 1985) Minervois is arguably the one that has made the greatest progress in establishing a reputation for fine wines. Grenache, Carignan and Cinsault are the traditional varieties, but Syrah  is now much more predominant, with Mourvedre also used occasionally. Though the Minervois possesses a variety of different landscapes and "terroirs", with subtle differences in style, the best wines are always elegant and well-balanced, characterised by soft berry fruit flavours, liquorice and violets. The Minervois La Liviniere "cru" is a more recent creation that requires (broadly speaking) lower yields, more selective (usually higher) vineyard sites, greater emphasis on Syrah and longer ageing (often in barrel).
Jancis Robinson wrote in Wine Spectator – November 1996......
"Perhaps the single most exciting wine development I've witnessed this decade has been the transformation of the Languedoc from biggest (boo) to hottest (hooray) wine region in the world… for seriously exciting, terroir-laden, characterful, supple wines (mainly but by no means exclusively red)....."



Domaine La Combe Blanche Calamiac Terroir 2013 Minervois
La Combe Blanche Minervois 2013
Vintage
2013
Region Minervois, north-east of Carcassonne
Colour/Style Dry red - medium/full bodied
Grapes Carignan, Cinsault, Grenache, Syrah
Alcohol (a.b.v)
14.0%
Food Red meats, game, cheese, pizza.
Next day
Better still
Drink Now or over the next 3 to 5 years
Guy Vanlancker never fails to make delicious wines, even at the "lower" end of the scale, and this is a classic example of his craft. Bright cherry red in colour, it displays a typically elegant pot-pourri of damson, cherry and raspberry fruit, spring flowers, crushed nettles and garrigue herbs. The palate has plenty of bright, succulent red and black fruit flavours, with earthy undertones, a backbone of ripe, tea-like tannins and really juicy acidity. This really is a quite lovely wine, with a good deal of complexity and elegance - the sort that has you sticking your nose in the glass and keeps you coming back for more. And how many wines at well under a tenner can do that, these days? Textbook Minervois - and the best vintage of this cuvée I have tasted in years.
 

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Domaine La Combe Blanche La Chandeliere 2011 Minervois La Livinière
Vintage
2011
Region Minervois La Liviniere, north-east of Carcassonne
Colour/Style Dry red - full bodied. 18 months in old oak barrels
Grapes 75% Syrah, 25% Grenache
Alcohol (a.b.v)
15.0%
Food Fillet steak, roast beef or lamb, game
Next day
Even better - takes a full 2 days to open out
Drink Very approachable now, will evolve over next 10 years
A deep, blood red colour, with a narrow ruby rim. This is classic La Liviniere Syrah/Grenache - and a classic vintage of La Chandeliere. The nose is supremely complex and expressive, offering dense aromas of black fruits, leather, mint, garrigue herbs, sous bois and curry spices. Rich and beautifully ripe in the mouth, the combination of spiced bramble and plum flavours with fine tannins, vibrant acidity, a gentle herbiness and just a hint of warming eau de vie is a joy to behold, with a finish that lingers for an age. As ever, with Guy Vanlancker's reds, this wine is no shrinking violet, but (again, as ever) it possesses more than a little elegance and charm. And whilst lovely to drink already, it has a great future ahead of it, and should evolve until at least 2025. A brilliant wine.
 

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Saint-Chinian
Saint-Chinian
Situated 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. Syrah, Grenache and Carignan are the main varieties used. These beautiful wines are characterised by soft berry fruits, infused with the scents and flavours of the hillside “garrigue” – typically violets, herbs and black olives. Chateau La Dournie is situated on the outskirts of the town of Saint-Chinian, with a large house and courtyard, set amongst the vineyards. The Guide Hachette describes the wines thus; "Continuity is assured with this sixth generation taking the reins at La Dournie, with these magnificent cuvées, by way of confirmation." The wines are distinctly refreshing, yet complex, and seem to conjure up that mysterious word "terroir", with a distinct regional style that could hardly be from anywhere else in the world.

Chateau La Dournie Etienne 2011 Saint-Chinian
Chateau La Dournie Etienne 2011
Vintage
2011

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)
13.0%
Food Roast red meats, vegetable and pasta dishes, game
Next day
Still fresh
Drink Over the next 5 to 8 years
Beautifully fresh and vibrant from the off - the nose is delightfully prickly, with oodles of garrigue herb-infused red fruit, beef and black olive aromas, which carry through in the mouth, whilst the combination of supple tannins, savoury depth and orangey acidity makes for a deliciously sweet and sour style. The flavours are intense and subtle in equal measures, with plenty of minerally, fruity/herby Syrah character, a touch of softness from the Grenache and the Carignan adding a welcome touch of rustic grip. Once again, an effortless combination of restrained power and elegance - and once again, textbook Saint-Chinian.
 

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Chateau La Dournie Elise 2011 Saint-Chinian
Chateau La Dournie Elise 2011
Vintage
2011

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 notes - aromas of bramble and plum combine with black olives and new leather, garrigue herbs, damp earth and very fine eau de vie, in 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 tannic/acidic balance. Although undoubtedly approachable now, this will begin to show it's true potential in a year or two and evolve brilliantly for at least 10. Without a doubt one of the finest wines in the appellation.
 

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Chateau La Dournie "La Dournie" 2011 Saint-Chinian
Chateau La Dournie La Dournie 2011
Vintage
2011

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
This has the unmistakable whiff of a (very) fine wine...... a veritable cornucopia of fresh and preserved red and black fruits burst forth from the glass, combined with all manner of herbal, floral, medicinal, 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. It really is quite the most complex, integrated and intoxicating wine. There's always a danger that such a wonderful nose might end up as the highlight, but in this case not a bit of it - this wine is absolutely the real deal, with oodles of spice-laden, garrigue-infused black cherry and bramble fruit, rich, ripe tannins and a backbone of truly 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 masterpiece.
 

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Domaine de Cébène Belle Lurette 2013 Faugères
Domaine de Cebene Belle Lurette 2013
Vintage
2013
Region Faugères
Colour/Style Dry red - medium/full bodied, aged in steel vats
Grapes 70% Carignan, plus Grenache and Mourvedre
Alcohol (a.b.v)
14.0%
Food Char-grilled red meats, duck, grilled vegetables
Next day
Even better
Drink Can be drunk now, but will age nicely for 5 to 8 years
Made predominantly from ancient Carignan vines grown on schiste, at around 300 metres above sea level. Packed with classic old Carignan aromas of bramble and blackcurrant, with hints of fresh bread, spice and eau de vie and a whiff of damp forest floor. Rich, ripe and concentrated in the mouth, with bags of fruity jam crumble flavours and garrigue herbs. At such a young age, the tannins need some time to soften, though there is plenty of underlying acidity to keep it nice and fresh. 24 hours of air sees it open up a little and gain complexity, whilst 48 hours sees it really singing. The structure is firmer and a little more tannic than the previous couple of vintages, so I suspect that Brigitte Chevalier has gone for a more traditional fermentation, rather than the previous semi-carbonic maceration, resulting in a wine that takes longer to open up, but which has the unmistakeable whiff of fine wine about it and it should be a real "keeper". Lovely now (especially after a day or two in the decanter) but will evolve for at least another 5 to 8 years.
 

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Domaine de Cébène Felgaria 2011 Faugères
Domaine de Cebene Felgaria 2011
Vintage
2011
Region Faugères
Colour/Style Dry red - medium/full bodied
Grapes 50% Mourvèdre, 30% Syrah, 20% Grenache
Alcohol (a.b.v)
14.0%
Food Red meats, game, duck, tuna carpaccio, risotto
Next day
Even better - you really need to give it 24 hours!
Drink Can be drunk now, but will age nicely for 10+ years
This is Brigitte Chevalier's top cuvée. Quite a deep blood/carmine colour, with a narrow rim, it is a wine that needs plenty of air before drinking. Not that it is unapproachable to begin with - in fact, quite the opposite, since it seems initially quite light and delicate, with relatively soft tannins and gentle red fruits, with very subtle hints of garrigue herbs and soft spices. But give it a full 24 hours in the decanter and the transformation is quite remarkable - those delicate aromas become powerful and serious, with bramble and blackcurrant mingled with high-toned black cherry and seville orange, myriad herbs and exotic spices, blood/meat, new leather and a lick of really classy oak. In the mouth, it is medium-rich and full of ripe fruit flavours, yet at the same time utterly mouth-watering, with amazing freshness and vitality (even after 2 or 3 days), supple tannins and fresh, orangey acidity. The finish is spicy, zesty and long. Faugères does not get any better than this.
 

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Costieres de Nimes
Costières de Nimes
A large, low-lying plateau, situated between the city of Nîmes and the west bank of the Rhône. Just to the south lies the Carmargue and the Mediterranean, and the climate is therefore extremely pleasant (except for when it is just too hot, or when the cold, dry Mistral decides to blow)! The large stones or "galets roulés", which are a feature of the soil in this region, were washed down the Rhône valley from the Alps in prehistoric times, and the terroir is therefore very similar to Chateauneuf du Pape (a little further up the valley). These stones reflect the heat of the sun during the day yet retain the warmth during the night, providing excellent ripening conditions. Being wedged between the vineyards of the Rhône to the north and east, and the Coteaux du Languedoc to the west, the wines of Costieres de Nimes lie not only geographically, but also stylistically somewhere between the two. Syrah and Grenache are the mainstays, with Mourvedre also becoming more popular. The wines of Costieres de Nîmes are very underrated, and certainly deserve to be better known. 

Terre des Chardons Bien Luné 2016 Costières de Nîmes
Terre des Chardons Bien Lune 2016
Vintage
2016

Region Costières de Nimes
Colour/Style Dry red - medium-to-full bodied, aged in vat
Grapes 20% Syrah, 80% Grenache
Alcohol (a.b.v)
14.0%
Food Grilled meats, stews, game, cheese
Next day
Even better
Drink Now, or over the next 3 to 5 years
80% Grencahe, 20% Syrah, vinified separately. Dark, youthful cherry red colour, which belies the lightness of touch this wine possesses. The nose is a pot-pourri of summer red and black fruits and garrigue herbs, with subtle hints of black olive, leather and coffee. Likewise the palate, which manages to be both "winey" and wonderfully refreshing at the same time, offering sweet-sour black cherry and berry fruit flavours, again with a touch of black olive and herby savouriness, melting tannins and lashings of orangey acidity. This is drinking beautifully from the start (tasted June 2017). Yum! Certified organic and biodynamic.
 

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Terre des Chardons Marginal 2014 Costières de Nîmes
Terre des Chardons Marginal 2014
Vintage
2014

Region Costières de Nimes
Colour/Style Dry red - medium-to-full bodied, aged in vat
Grapes 80% Syrah, 20% Grenache
Alcohol (a.b.v)
13.0%
Food Roast beef or lamb, duck, game, cheese
Next day
Best on day 1, but holds up well overnight
Drink Now, or over the next 8 to 10 years
80% Syrah, 20% Grenache. Spicy! Bramble and raspberry nose, with notes of black olive, garrigue herbs, black pepper and a faint whiff of lily of the valley. Rich, spicy and chock full of red and black fruits, again with savoury black olive and garrigue herb notes. The tannins are firm and spicy, but at the same time supple, and there is a wonderful core of tangy orange and cherry kernel acidity. Gorgeous wine, to drink now, or keep for 2 to 3 years (or more). Certified organic and biodynamic.
 

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Terre des Chardons Chardon-Marie 2012 Costières de Nîmes
Terre de Chardons Chardon Marie 2012
Vintage
2012

Region Costières de Nimes
Colour/Style Dry red - full bodied, aged in vat
Grapes 100% Syrah
Alcohol (a.b.v)
13.5%
Food Rack of lamb, rib of beef, feathered game, cheese
Next day
Even better
Drink Now, or over the next 10+ years
This is the estate's top red wine, named in honour of winemaker Jerome Chardon's grandmother, Marie (Chardon-Marie is also the French name for milk thistle, hence the label design and the play on words). It comes from the best parcel of Syrah vines - and it shows. The nose simply reeks of all manner of red and dark fruits, especially raspberry, blackcurrant and red cherry, with complex floral and savoury undertones such as violets, black olive tapenade and just a hint of meat/leather. There's no oak, remember, but a wine as good as this doesn't need oak. It is so clean, so fresh, so full of life and youthful vigour, with a palate crammed full of concentrated fruit and herb flavours. There's an intriguing touch of saline minerality, countered by a cool, almost minty quality, whilst velvet tannins and a rasp of gloriously prickly acidity make for a supremely balanced and deceptively elegant wine. The finish is delightfully sweet and sour - and very long. This is very much in the Northern Rhone style of winemaking, and - whilst unbelievably good to drink already - has the capacity to age and evolve into something even more beautiful, over the next 5 to 10 years. A very special wine, which (for me) sets a new benchmark for the appellation. Certified organic and biodynamic.
 

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Terre des Chardons Chardon-Marie 2014 Costières de Nîmes
Terre des Chardons Chardon-Marie 2014
Vintage
2014

Region Costières de Nimes
Colour/Style Dry red - full bodied, aged in vat
Grapes Almost 100% Syrah, with just a tiny amount of Grenache
Alcohol (a.b.v)
14.5%
Food Rack of lamb, rib of beef, feathered game, cheese
Next day
Even better
Drink Now, or over the next 10+ years
This is the estate's top red wine, named in honour of winemaker Jerome Chardon's grandmother, Marie (Chardon-Marie is also the French name for milk thistle, hence the label design and the play on words). It comes from the best parcel of Syrah vines, with - allegedly - just a splash of Grenache in the mix, to conform to the Costieres de Nimes appellation rules. All manner of red and black fruits greet the nose - raspberry, blackcurrant and dark cherry, with notes of black olive tapenade, cumin, fenugreek, peppermint and a hint of polished leather. As with the 2012, it is so fresh and full of life, with dark, concentrated black and red fruit and garrigue herb flavours, countered by stoney, citrussy minerality, along with ripe, tea-like tannins and cracking acidity. Another supremely balanced and deceptively elegant wine, with a long, cool, sweet and sour finish. Again, it is very much in the Northern Rhone style of winemaking (think of a young, ripe Cote-Rotie) and has the capacity to age and evolve beautifully, over the next 10 years or more. Fabulous wine! Certified organic and biodynamic.
 

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AOC Languedoc
A.O.C Coteaux du Languedoc
AOC Languedoc The AOC Languedoc appellation was introduced in 2007, as a replacement for Coteaux du Languedoc. Presumably, this was in an attempt to make the rather complicated hierarchy of AOC's in this huge wine region easier for consumers to understand. Admittedly, the old system probably was a little confusing for the uninitiated, though simple enough, once you got your head around it. Frankly, though, I'm not sure an awful lot has changed - and it certainly won't be any easier for people who didn't understand the old system! Basically, AOC Languedoc covers the parts of Languedoc and - even more confusingly - Roussillon that do not have the benefit of their own distinctive local AOC (Saint-Chinian, Faugeres, Minervois, for instance). Within the AOC Languedoc, there are various sub-regional AOC's (namely Grès de Montpellier, Pézénas, Sommières, La Clape, Pic Saint-Loup, Terrasses du Larzac, Picpoul de Pinet, Terrasses de Béziers, Montpeyroux and Saint-Georges d’Orques) whose names can be appended to the Languedoc AOC. The confusion doesn't end there, though. For instance, the Saint Georges d'Orques AOC actually lies within the Grès de Montpellier region, whilst Saint Saturnin (which doesn't seem to get a mention in the new rules) is very definitely a recognised sub-regional AOC falling within the Terrasses du Larzac - a sub-reion of a sub-region, if you like. Confused? I'm not surprised, as I am now a little confused myself!. 

Not that we want to get too caught up in the regional hierarchy, or pyramid, but the wines from these sub-regions - or "terroirs", as they used to be called - can (and very often do) offer-up some very distinct regional characteristics. Which certainly gives some credence to the way they are designated - even if the new system only serves to confuse matters even more! And there are many styles of wine being made, depending on the terroir and the choice of grape varieties. The main grapes for the red wines are Syrah, Grenache, Carignan and Cinsault, with Mourvedre also becoming more predominant. And as well as many wonderful independent growers, this is an area blessed with a good number of top-quality co-operatves, notably Les Vignerons de La Carignano in Gabian and the fantastic Coteaux de Neffies. We have tasted wines from Neffies over many years, and the standard is extremely high. We also have some lovely wines from Domaine d'Archimbaud in Saint-Saturnin, one of the most northerly villages in the Languedoc region, producing "cool climate" wines of great complexity and elegance. Whilst very approachable when young, they have the structure to age and improve for several years. Domaine Monplezy, situated just to the north of Pézenas also makes some delicious wines - and they are organic. The most recent additions to our list are some brilliant Pic Saint-Loup wines Mas Foulaquier, a small domaine situated in the north of the appellation, plus a range of equally brilliant wines from Domaine de La Marfée, another top quality small grower, situated just to the west of Montpellier. What is more, both of these growers are biodynamic.

Along with the better known (or at least better understood) appellations of Languedoc - such as the afore-mentioned
Saint-Chinian, Faugeres, Minervois, et al - AOC Languedoc, in all its various guises - is now producing some of the best wines in southern France (and, in our opinion, the world). Try some - you won't be disappointed.

Chateau l'Argentier 2011 Coteaux du Languedoc
L'Argentier Languedoc 2011
Vintage
2011

Region Sommières, in western Languedoc
Colour/Style Dry red, medium-full bodied, aged in vat
Grapes 40% Grenache, 40% Syrah, plus Mourvedre and Carignan
Alcohol (a.b.v)
13.5%
Food White meats, risotto, sausages, pizza
Next day
Even better - opens out nicely after a night in the decanter
Drink Over the next 5 to 8 years
A lovely, limpid blood red colour, with an intensely aromatic nose, combining curry spices and garrigue herbs, with notes of spiced orange, forest floor and leather, all wrapped around a core of summer fruits. The palate is quite powerful and mouth-filling, with an array of redcurrant, cherry and plum fruit flavours, again with a hint of spiced orange. Firm but ripe, tea-like tannins combine with juicy acidity and a hint of licorice, making for a delightfully tangy, sweet-sour style, with a long, mouth-watering finish. A really enjoyable wine.
 

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Chateau l'Argentier 2011 Languedoc Sommieres
Chateau l'Argentier Sommieres 2011
Vintage
2011

Region Sommières, in western Languedoc
Colour/Style Dry red, full bodied, aged in vat
Grapes 70% Syrah, 20% Carignan, 10% Grenache
Alcohol (a.b.v)
14.0%
Food Red meats, game, risotto, garlicy sausages
Next day
Even better - takes 2 or 3 days to show its best
Drink Over the next 8 to 10 years
As with the above wine (and this is like its big brother) the nose belies the freshness and vitality of the palate. Initially rich and deeply fruity, with hints of curry spices, roasted meat and leather, it evolves with time into something more perfumed and elegant. Flavours of bramble, plum, licorice, herbs and spices are countered by firm but fine tannins and a core of cherry skin acidity, which makes for a deliciously sweet-sour and tangy wine, with a lingering finish. Given plenty of air, this wine just gets better and better, so if you must drink it in one session, I would recommend you decant several hours in advance, or even the day before. A super wine with a great future!
 

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Chateau l'Argentier 2011 Languedoc Gres de Montpellier
Chateau l'Argentier 2011 Gres de Montpellier
Vintage
2011

Region Sommières, in western Languedoc
Colour/Style Dry red, full bodied, aged in vat
Grapes 65% Grenache, 17.5% Carignan, 17.5% Syrah
Alcohol (a.b.v)
14.0%
Food Red meats, game, risotto, spicy sausages
Next day
Even better
Drink Over the next 8 to 10 years
A pale-ish, translucent cherry/blood red colour. The nose offers crystallised red berry and cherry fruits and a mélange of herbs, spices, damp earth and eau de vie, with a subtle creaminess. The palate is packed with raspberry/cherry fruit and spice flavours, together with a subtle meaty/savouriness, fine, ripe tannins and ample acidity, all of which combine in a really rather elegant wine. The finish is long, dry and gently warming. Who needs oak, when the raw materials and the level of winemaking skill is as good as this. Another delicious wine, and yet another that will age for a good few years - if you can resist.
 

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Domaine Monplezy Plaisirs Rouge 2012 Languedoc Pézenas
Domaine Monplezy Plaisirs 2012
Vintage
2012

Region Coteaux du Languedoc, Pézenas
Colour/Style Dry red, medium/full bodied
Grapes A blend of Carignan, Grenache, Syrah and Cinsault
Alcohol (a.b.v)
14.0%
Food Grilled meats, roasted vegetables
Next day
As good or even better
Drink Over the next 3 to 5 years
Deep purple core leading to a raspberry rim. Youthful and vibrant with aromas of fresh and crystallised bramble and raspberry fruit, spice and herbs, with an enticing whiff of fresh bread, all of which carry through onto the medium-rich palate. Fresh and balanced with gentle tannins and juicy, orangey acidity, good concentration and excellent length. A really focused and elegant wine that is lovely to drink now, but will age and evolve nicely for a few years, as evidenced by how nice it tastes even several days after opening!
 

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Domaine Monplezy Felicité 2012 Languedoc Pézenas
Domaine Monplezy Felicite 2012
Vintage
2012

Region Coteaux du Languedoc, Pézenas
Colour/Style Dry red, full bodied, aged in oak barrels for 1 year
Grapes 40% Carignan, 50% Grenache, 10% Syrah
Alcohol (a.b.v)
14.5%
Food Roast beef or lamb, cheese
Next day
As good or even better
Drink Over the next 5 to 8 years
Deep purple core leading to a tiny raspberry rim. The nose displays complex aromas of briary fruits and black cherry, with secondary notes of coffee, leather, tar, spice and forest floor and a nice lick of oak. The palate is rich and spicy and packed full of dark fruit and garrigue herb flavours, with firm but fine tannins and excellent acidity. Very long and warming, this is a complex, structured wine - a real vin de garde, with the stuffing to age for a good 5 to 8 years or more. It is lovely to drink now, though - and gets better and better for a good couple of days after opening. Seriously good wine.
 

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Domaine Turner Pageot Le Rouge 2012 Languedoc Pézenas
Turner Pageot Le Rouge 2012
Vintage
2012

Region Gabian, north of Pézenas
Colour/Style Dry red, full-bodied, aged partly in barrel, partly in vat 
Grapes 80% Grenache, 20% Syrah
Alcohol (a.b.v)
14.0%
Food All manner of lamb, beef, duck and mushroom dishes
Next day
Just as good, perhaps even better
Drink Now, or over the next 5 to 8 years
60% Grenache from schiste, 20% Grenache from other terroirs and 20% Syrah from volcanic basalt. The grapes go through an extended maceration on the skins, with the absolute minimum of added sulphur and is bottled unfiltered. And boy does it hit the spot - a beautiful deep but limpid blood red colour, with a truly expressive and heady nose of mixed red and black fruits, brioche, polished leather, iodine, tobacco and spice. The sort of smell that transports me instantly to the Languedoc. Richly fruited and full bodied, with a healthy dose of tannin and acidity to match, it is undoubtedly very youthful and needs a year or two to really get into its stride and for all of the elements to knit together. But it is such a joy to drink now that the gentle dryness of those tannins - like the very finest dark, bitter chocolate - is more than offset by the sheer vibrancy and depth of the fruit, spice and downright earthiness on offer. It really is the absolute essence of sweet and sour loveliness, with a long, dry, pepper and spice finish and a bitter orange and black cherry taste that lingers for an age. At the price, this is an absolute bargain - indeed, amongst the greatest bargains on our list. Certified organic and biodynamic.
 

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Domaine Turner Pageot Carmina Major 2012 Coteaux du Languedoc Pézenas
Turner Pageot Carmina Major 2012
Vintage
2012

Region Gabian, north of Pézenas
Colour/Style Dry red, full-bodied, aged 1 year in oak barrels
Grapes Syrah, Mourvedre, plus a little Grenache
Alcohol (a.b.v)
14.0%
Food All manner of lamb, beef, duck and mushroom dishes
Next day
Still fine
Drink Now, or over the next 8 to 10 years
Aged for 1 year in wood, after an extended 3 month maceration, everything is turned up a notch or two in comparison to Le Rouge, and there is a noticeable cloak of very classy oak, but once again the overall balance is impeccable, with some fairly hefty but ripe tannins offset by more than ample acidity and so much fruit, one wonders just how they managed to cram it all into a 75cl bottle! It really is packed with beautifully ripe (though currently very primary) black cherry and bramble fruit, with plenty of peppery spice and garrigue herb flavours and a hint of cool peppermint - all-in-all, at the herby/saline (rather than meaty) end of the savoury spectrum - with a long, grippy and sweet-sour finish. Whilst certainly approachable with food, it is yet to really come into its drinking window, as it needs a few years for those tannins and oak to integrate - but when they do, we will surely be looking at another masterly wine from the brilliant team of Emmanuel Pageot and Karen Turner. Certified organic and biodynamic.
 

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Domaine d'Archimbaud Tradition 2012 Languedoc Saint-Saturnin
Archimbaud Tradition 2012
Vintage
2012
Region Saint-Saturnin, some way north-west of Montpellier
Colour/Style Dry red - medium to full bodied, aged in cuve
Grapes 50% Syrah, 40% Grenache, 5% Mourvedre, 5% Carignan
Alcohol (a.b.v)
13.0%
Food Grilled or roasted red meats, game
Next day
Still fine
Drink Over the next 5 to 8 years
Rich and full of fruit, but at the same time elegant and certainly not lacking in complexity. The nose offers notes of tobacco, spice and garrigue herbs, with an enticing whiff of fine eau de vie (though the abv is just 13%). The palate is crammed full of juicy, sweet-sour red/black fruits, again with notes of spice and garrigue herbs, ripe but deliciously elegant and poised, as is always the case with this grower's wines, grown at 250m above sea level in the cool(er) climate of Saint-Saturnin. With lovely acidity and ripe tannins completing the package, this really is a delicious wine - and one of the best bargains on our list. Organic.
 

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Domaine d'Archimbaud l'Enfant Terrible 2013 Languedoc Terrasses du Larzac
Domaine d'Archimbaud l'Enfant Terrible 2013
Vintage
2013
Region Saint-Saturnin, some way north-west of Montpellier
Colour/Style Dry red - medium to full bodied, aged in cuve
Grapes 60% Mourvedre, 20% Grenache, 20% Carignan
Alcohol (a.b.v)
13.0%
Food Grilled or roasted red meats, spicy sausages, rich stews
Next day
Better still
Drink Over the next 5 to 8 years
They say that Mourvedre needs to be within spitting distance of the sea to show its best - but this is grown high up near the Terrasses du Larzac, 30-40 km from the Mediterranean, and is a veritable stunner. It is nothing like Bandol, granted - there, you expect big, meaty, tannic and very full-bodied wines, whereas this is altogether more subtle and elegant, with masses of ripe bramble and raspberry fruit aromas and flavours, with just the merest hint of leathery/meaty savouriness, a sprinkling of garrigue herbs and a twist of black pepper. And at just 13.0% abv, it comes across as beautifully elegant and understated, with gorgeous acidity and fine, tea-like tannins - so much so that it is positively refeshing! That said, it takes a full 24-48 hours to really show its best (at least at this stage of its development) so I would recommend you decant it the day before you plan to drink it. A lovely, lovely wine!

 

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Domaine d'Archimbaud La Robe du Pourpre 2011 Languedoc Saint-Saturnin
Domaine d'Archimbaud La Robe du Pourpre 2011
Vintage
2011
Region Saint-Saturnin, some way north-west of Montpellier
Colour/Style Dry red - medium bodied, aged in barrel for 11 months
Grapes 50% Syrah, 30% Grenache, 10% Mourvedre, 10% Carignan
Alcohol (a.b.v)
13.0%
Food Grilled or roasted red meats, game, charcuterie
Next day
Even better
Drink Now, or over the next 5 to 10 years
A very similar blend to the Tradition (though with a smidgen more Mourvedre and Carignan), but aged in barrel for a year. The use of oak is quite masterly, as it serves to polish away any rough edges (not that there usually are any with Archimbaud's wines) without leaving any overt oaky notes - just masses of red and black fruit aromas, with subtle yet heady garrigue herb, spice and forest floor notes, all of which combine in a wine of real elegance and considerable complexity. The fruit is wonderfully bright and fresh, with ripe bramble and raspberry, countered by a lick of sour cherry, making for the sort of sweet-sour style that I love in these "cool climate" Languedoc wines, with fine, tea-like tannins, a subtle mintiness and lip-smacking acidity. Balance is the watchword, and with an abv of 13.0%, this really does hit the spot. Great now, perhaps even better in a year or two. A really lovely wine.
 

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Mas Foulaquier l'Orphée 2011 Languedoc Pic Saint-Loup
Mas Foulaquier l'Orphée 2011
Vintage
2011

Region Pic Saint-Loup, north-east of Montpellier
Colour/Style Dry red - medium-to full bodied
Grapes 50% Syrah, 50% Grenache
Alcohol (a.b.v)
14.0%
Food Red and white meats, mediterranean vegetable dishes
Next day
Perhaps even better
Drink Now, or over the next 5 to 8 years
Semi-translucsent, bright, deep cherry red colour. Fresh, ripe redcurrant, raspberry, cherry and bramble aromas mingle with notes of meat, new leather, garrigue herbs, curry spices and damp earth - all-in-all, a considerably complex and heady nose. The palate too is brimming with wonderfully ripe red and black fruit flavours, with a delicious bite of tart cherry skin and tangy orange, the effect of a seamless combination of ripe, tea-like tannins and juicy acidity. With air (and especially on day 2) it develops some rich fruitcake aromas and flavours, whilst still retaining freshness. There's also a savoury tang - not meaty, but more like a sun-dried tomato, vegetable and garrigue quality, which adds complexity without detracting from all of that wonderful sweet/sour/tangy fruit. There are wines that I occasionally flag-up as quintessential examples of fine Languedoc wine - and this is one of them. A simply glorious, fine, elegant wine - and I challenge you not to empty the bottle in one sitting! Certified organic and biodynamic.
 

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Mas Foulaquier l'Orphée 2015 Languedoc Pic Saint-Loup
Mas Foulaquier l'Orphée 2015
Vintage
2015

Region Pic Saint-Loup, north-east of Montpellier
Colour/Style Dry red - medium-to full bodied
Grapes 50% Syrah, 50% Grenache
Alcohol (a.b.v)
13.5%
Food Red and white meats, mediterranean vegetable dishes
Next day
Perhaps even better
Drink Now, or over the next 5 to 8 years
A bright, translucent cherry/carmine colour, fading to a narrow rim. The nose has floral scents (hints of violet and lily), mingled with crystallised cherry and redcurrant fruits, with plenty of garrigue and savoury/meaty nuances and hints of tar and eau de vie. There are also some delightfully mahogany/woody/earthy notes, altgugh this wine is not oak-aged. The palate is generous in both fruit and savoury, with high-toned red and black fruits, meat and garrigue flavours, held together with fine, ripe, tea-like tannins. There's also an intriguing touch of saline minerality, nicely off-set by a core of tangy, cherry kernel acidity, with a long, gently warming finish. A beautifully balanced and really quite complex wine, this is lovely now, but will evolve and age for at least another 5 to 8 years, perhaps more. Certified biodynamic by AB and Demeter.
 

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Mas Foulaquier Les Calades 2010 Coteaux du Languedoc Pic Saint-Loup
Mas Foulaquier Les Calades 2010
Vintage
2010

Region Pic Saint-Loup, north-east of Montpellier
Colour/Style Dry red - full bodied. Aged 24 months - partly in barrel.
Grapes 70% Syrah, 30% Grenache
Alcohol (a.b.v)
14.0%
Food Red meats, spicy Asian food, Mediterranean dishes
Next day
Even better
Drink Now, or over the next 5 to 8 years
With its aromas of dark red fruits, exotic spices, garrigue herbs, fine eau de vie, damp earth, leather and polished mahogany - a bit like an old church pew - this is one of the most complex wines (aromatically speaking) I have encountered in a long time. It really does caress the senses in a way that keeps you coming back for another sniff. And the palate certainly delivers, offering a hugely complex array of fruit, spice, herb and tertiary flavours. Richly-textured and almost velvety at first, you suddenly get this wonderful hit of dark cherry, bramble and orange-tinged fruit, a rasp of fine, tea-like tannin and simply mouth-watering acidity on the mid-palate, followed by a long, tangy, gently spicy finish that goes on forever. Fabulous wine! Certified organic and biodynamic.
 

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Mas Foulaquier Les Calades 2014 Coteaux du Languedoc Pic Saint-Loup
Mas Foulaquier Les Calades 2014
Vintage
2014

Region Pic Saint-Loup, north-east of Montpellier
Colour/Style Dry red - full bodied. Aged 24 months - partly in barrel.
Grapes 70% Syrah, 30% Grenache
Alcohol (a.b.v)
13.5%
Food Red meats, spicy Asian food, Mediterranean dishes
Next day
Even better
Drink Now, or over the next 5 to 8 years
New vintage - tasting note to follow. Certified organic and biodynamic.
 

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Mas Foulaquier Le Petit Duc 2011 Languedoc Pic Saint-Loup
Mas Foulaquier Le Petit Duc 2011
Vintage
2011

Region Pic Saint-Loup, north-east of Montpellier
Colour/Style Dry red - full bodied, aged 18 months in oak foudres.
Grapes 90% Grenache, 10% Syrah. 
Alcohol (a.b.v)
14.5%
Food Grilled meats, lamb tagine, oriental meat/vegetable dishes
Next day
Even better
Drink Now, or over the next 8 to 10 years
A lovely bright translucent cherry/blood red colour. The nose shows an intriguing leathery, meaty quality, though not at the expense of some really delightful raspberry, cherry and floral aromas, a hint of creaminess, toasted brioche and herbs - alluring, complex and elegant, rather than big and burly. Sort of what Chateauneuf would be like if its climate were a little gentler..... like that of Pic Saint-Loup! The palate too is elegance personified - a lovely warm, spicy, herb-laden mix of fresh and crystallised fruits with a gentle orangey tang, with subtle notes of redcurrant and cranberry, all of which combine in a delightfully fresh sweet and sour whole. Grower Pierre Jequier believes that his little corner of the Pic Saint-Loup terroir is the perfect spot for Grenache, and on this showing, who am I to disagree? This really is a lovely wine, which all fans of southern Rhône reds would do well to try. Certified organic and biodynamic.
 

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Domaine Saint Sylvestre Rouge 2011 Languedoc Terrasses du Larzac
Saint Sylvestre Rouge 2011
Vintage
2011
Region Terrasses du Larzac, 25 km north-west of Montpellier
Colour/Style Dry red - full bodied, aged in barrel for 24 months
Grapes 70% Syrah, 20% Grenache, 10% Mourvedre
Alcohol (a.b.v)
15.0%
Food Grilled or roasted red meats, game, charcuterie
Next day
Even better
Drink Can be drunk now, but will age for 10+ years
A deep, semi-opaque colour, with a powerful nose - a complex and heady array of black fruits, fresh bread and exotic spice aromas, with notes of leather and woodsmoke lurking in the background. Even after a full 2 years in barrel, there is just the merest hint of (older) oak, which only serves to heighten the fruit aromas, whilst further nuances of preserved fruits and fine eau de vie emerging with air. The palate is deeply concentrated and crammed full of flavour, in a spiced, baked fruit kind of way - rich, warming and almost a meal in itself. It is certainly good now, but is really only just starting out on a long journey of evolution - I'd say 10-plus years to maturity - with just the right levels of juicy acidity and rich tannins. Young, but with a great future ahead of it.
 

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Domaine Saint Sylvestre Rouge 2012 Languedoc Terrasses du Larzac
Vintage
2012
Region Terrasses du Larzac, 25 km north-west of Montpellier
Colour/Style Dry red - full bodied, aged in barrel for 24 months
Grapes 70% Syrah, 20% Grenache, 10% Mourvedre
Alcohol (a.b.v)
14.5%
Food Grilled or roasted red meats, game, charcuterie
Next day
Even better
Drink Can be drunk now, but will age for 10+ years
Lovely clear bright cherry red colour. Super-complex on the nose, with masses of herb-tinged raspberry and soused cherry fruit aromas, mingled with notes of damp earth, leather and woodsmoke. The palate is fresh, vibrant and full of rich, lively, sweet-edged red and black fruit flavours and - even at the advertised 14.5% abv - supremely balanced and elegant, with a backbone of very fine tannins and excellent acidity. There's also an earthiness and just a hint of savouriness to counter the intensity of the fruit. The finish is fruit-filled, elegant and long. This really is a wonderful example of cool-climate Languedoc red wine - and a classic in the making.
 

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Domaine Saint Sylvestre Rouge 2013 Languedoc Terrasses du Larzac
Saint Sylvestre Rouge 2013
Vintage
2013
Region Terrasses du Larzac, 25 km north-west of Montpellier
Colour/Style Dry red - full bodied, aged in barrel for 24 months
Grapes 70% Syrah, 20% Grenache, 10% Mourvedre
Alcohol (a.b.v)
14.5%
Food Grilled or roasted red meats, game, charcuterie
Next day
Even better
Drink Can be drunk now, but will age for 10+ years
Bright cherry red in colour, the nose offers a lovely mix of raspberry, cherry and blackberry fruit aromas and flavours, with hints of forest floor, spice, eau de vie and a lick of oak. Gently grippy and peppery/spicy/earthy on the palate, it is certainly on the young side (this note written July 2016) but has real breed, and will age beautifully for a good few years yet. Mainly Syrah, with a splash of Grenache and a touch of Mourvedre, it is a classic, old-style, cool-climate Languedoc red, full of restrained power and southern charm, with a long finish. Another wonderful example of cool-climate wine, from one of the rising stars of Languedoc.
 

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Domaine Saint Sylvestre Rouge 2014 Languedoc Terrasses du Larzac
Saint Sylvestre Rouge 2014
Vintage
2014
Region Terrasses du Larzac, 25 km north-west of Montpellier
Colour/Style Dry red - full bodied, aged in barrel for 24 months
Grapes 70% Syrah, 20% Grenache, 10% Mourvedre
Alcohol (a.b.v)
14.5%
Food Grilled or roasted red meats, game, charcuterie
Next day
Even better
Drink Can be drunk now, but will age for 10+ years
A clear, bright, translucent cherry/blood red colour. The nose is massively complex, intoxicating and suggestive of a very fine wine, offering an initial whiff of freshly-baked bread, followed by aromas of black cherry, bramble, curry spices, coffee grounds, sous bois and fine eau de vie. The palate is all about restrained power - quite rich and ripe and laden with peppery-spicy red and black fruit flavours and grippy but ripe tannins. But all of this richness is balanced by an abundance of orange peel/cherry kernel acidity and tangy, saline minerality, with myriad secondary notes of forest floor, a certain herby/meaty savouriness and a long, lingering, spicy/minty finish. All-in-all, this is the finest vintage yet of Saint Sylvestre's red - and whilst lovely to drink now (and even better after a day or two in the decanter), it will age and evolve for a further 5-10 years. A fabulous wine.
 

Price:  £21.25 (Including: VAT at 20%)

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Domaine de La Marfée Les Gamines 2014 Languedoc
Domaine de La Marfee Les Gamines 2014
Vintage
2014

Region Saint Georges d'Orques, west of Montpellier
Colour/Style Dry red - full bodied, aged 2 years in older barrels.
Grapes 50% Mourvedre, 40% Syrah, 10% Grenache
Alcohol (a.b.v)
13.5%
Food Grilled red meats, roasted vegetables, mushrooms risotto
Next day
As good, if not better
Drink Now, or over the next 5 to 8 years
This has the trademark La Marfée blackcurrant leaf aromas, with myriad notes of red and black fruits, garrigue herbs, leather and tobacco. The palate is beautifully balanced, with just a hint of savouriness (herby, rather than meaty), a veritable cornucopia of sweet-sour red cherry, redcurrant and bramble fruit, herb and spice flavours, juicy acidity and ripe, tea-like tannins - elegance personified. Whilst made for food, it really is rather vivacious and refreshing, with a real sweet-sour tanginess, which makes it dangerously drinkable, especially whilst cooking! Although this is La Marfée's "entry level" red, it is a serious wine by anyone's standards. And whilst it is lovely to drink now, it is also worthy of a further 5 to 8 years of ageing. And at the price, a real bargain. Biodynamic.
 

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Domaine de La Marfée Della Francesca 2012 Languedoc Saint Georges d'Orques
Domaine de La Marfee Della Francesca 2012
Vintage
2012

Region Saint Georges d'Orques, west of Montpellier
Colour/Style Dry red - medium-to-full bodied
Grapes 80% Mourvedre and 20% Syrah
Alcohol (a.b.v)
13.5%
Food Red meats, stews, game, duck
Next day
As good
Drink Now, or over the next 8 to 10 years
Semi-transluscent deep-ish purple colour with a narrow rim. Yet again, we have that wonderful trademark Marfée nose of blackcurrant leaf and fruit pastille, with hints of elderflower, polished wood, tobacco, spice, mint and a definite savoury/meaty element - not too much, mind, for the emphasis is definitely on the fruit. The palate again shows typical freshness, with citrussy acidity, grippy but fine tannins and tangy, sweet-and-sour flavours, courtesy of some intense plummy and brambly red and black fruit, again with a savoury/spicy/meaty/herby quality. The finish is very long, with those mouth-watering red/black fruits lingering for an age. This is mightily good to drink already, but will cellar well for a decade or more.
 

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Domaine de La Marfée Della Francesca 2014 Languedoc Saint Georges d'Orques
Domaine de La Marfee Della Francesca 2014
Vintage
2014

Region Saint Georges d'Orques, west of Montpellier
Colour/Style Dry red - medium-to-full bodied
Grapes 80% Mourvedre and 20% Syrah
Alcohol (a.b.v)
13.5%
Food Red meats, stews, game, duck
Next day
As good
Drink Now, or over the next 8 to 10 years
Semi-transluscent deep-ish purple colour with a narrow rim. Red cherry, raspberry and coffee grounds on the nose, with notes of polished old wood, curry spices and sous bois. Really elegant and fine on the palate, almost feminine, offering bright red and black fruit flavours, with hints of soft citrus, garrigue herbs and spice, very fine, tea-like tannins and really tangy acidity. A supremely elegant and fine wine, which is approachable now, though there is absolutely no rush - as with all of La Marfée reds, it will cellar well for a decade or more. Biodynamic.
 

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Domaine de La Marfée Les Champs Murmurés 2014 Languedoc Saint Georges d'Orques
Domaine de La Marfee Les Champs Murmures 2014
Vintage
2014

Region Saint Georges d'Orques, west of Montpellier
Colour/Style Dry red - medium-to-full bodied
Grapes 50% Syrah, 50% Mourvedre, from very old vines
Alcohol (a.b.v)
13.5%
Food Rib of beef, rich stews, game
Next day
As good, if not better
Drink Now, or over the next 10 to 15 years
Quite a deep, semi-opaque carmine colour, which is an indication of what is to come, the nose displaying dense, multi-layered aromas of bramble and blackcurrant, spiced orange, damp earth, leather and a touch of charred oak. The palate is generous, ripe and really quite expansive - masses of pepper and spice-infused dark berry and cherry fruit flavours coat the mouth, with a touch of meaty/herby savoriness, a hint of licorice and balsam, and again a splash of oak, all of which is wrapped in a cloak of rich, ripe tannins, nicely offset by a balancing streak of cherry skin acidity. Ideally, it will need another year or two for the individual elements to fully knit together, but there is the unmistakable whiff of a fine wine about this - and it has the structure to age and evolve gracefully for at least another 10 years, and perhaps even beyond 2030. Biodynamic.
 

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Domaine de La Garance Les Armieres 2009 Coteaux du Languedoc
Domaine de La Garance Les Armieres 2009
Vintage
2009
Region Caux, a few km north-west of Pézenas
Colour/Style Dry red - full bodied, partly aged in barrel
Grapes 90% Carignan and 10% Syrah (65 year old vines)
Alcohol (a.b.v)
14.0%
Food Roasted red meats, game, cheeses.
Next day
Even better on day 2
Drink Now, or over the next 10+ years
Old vine Carignan and Syrah, with yields of just 18 hectolitres per hectare. A long maceration (3 months) is followed by 27 months ageing (90% in concrete vats and 10% in oak barrels). The colour is a deep-ish blood red, leading to a slightly bricking rim. Of the several vintages of this wine that we currently offer, this is possibly the one that is most immediately approachable. Not because it is mature (far from it) but because it possesses such a generous core of sweetly fruity, almost creamy bramble and blackcurrant fruit, along with that typical combination of orange peel, polished leather, cedar and exotic spices. Again, we have bags of spiced black cherry, bramble and garrigue herb flavours, but the tannins, whilst grippy, are beautifully ripe and  - combined with fabulously juicy acidity - holds everything together so well, in a wine that is at the same time both generously lush and tightly structured. It really is so lovely to drink now, but will (if you can resist) undoubtedly age and evolve for at least another 10 years. A classic, old-style Languedoc Carignan, worth every penny of the asking price - and more.
 

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Domaine de La Garance Les Armieres 2012 Coteaux du Languedoc
Domaine de La Garance Les Armieres 2012
Vintage
2012
Region Caux, a few km north-west of Pézenas
Colour/Style Dry red - full bodied, partly aged in barrel
Grapes 90% Carignan and 10% Syrah (65 year old vines)
Alcohol (a.b.v)
14.0%
Food Roasted red meats, game, cheeses.
Next day
Even better on day 2
Drink Now, or over the next 10+ years
Old vine Carignan and Syrah, with yields of just 18 hectolitres per hectare. A long maceration (3 months) is followed by 27 months ageing (90% in concrete vats and 10% in oak barrels). A fantastic combination of fresh and soused bramble and black cherry, with a dash of white pepper, soft spice and a hint of polished old wardrobe - a supremely aromatic and alluring nose, all of which comes through on the palate, in a wine which combines real verve and genuine complexity. It greets you with a spritzy bite (courtesy ol a touch of residual CO2) followed by waves of spice and garrigue herb-laden fresh red and black fruits, pickled beetroot, mixed herbs and allspice. With ripe, tea-like tannins, ample acidity and a long, gently spicy finish, this wine just about has it all. And whilst remarkably easy to drink now, it can only get better and better, over the next 10 years. An absolutely classic Languedoc Carignan!
 

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