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Domaine Piétri-Géraud Sine Nomine 2010 Collioure
Pietri-Geraud Sine Nomine 2010
Vintage
2010
Region Collioure - by the Mediterranean, near the Spanish border
Colour/Style Dry red - medium-to-full bodied.
Grapes 60% Grenache, 20% Syrah, plus Mourvedre and Carignan
Alcohol (a.b.v)
13.5%
Food Garlic lamb, tagines, steak, grilled Tuna
Next day
Even better - still going strong after a day or two
Drink Excellent now, or keep for 5 to 10 years
Semi-translucent blood red, with a narrow rim. The nose is deeply fruity and expressive, displaying aromas of black cherry, bramble and orange, with subtle polished old wood and smoke nuances and a faint whiff of the sea. The palate is a little reticent to begin with, but opens-out nicely with air, revealing complex fresh and crystallised red and black fruit flavours, infused with herbs and spices and a touch of the forest floor. All the time, it remains fresh, lively and mouth-watering, with gentle tannins and cracking acidity. A very more-ish wine!
 

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Domaine Piétri-Géraud Sine Nomine 2011 Collioure
Pietri-Geraud Sine Nomine 2011
Vintage
2011
Region Collioure - by the Mediterranean, near the Spanish border
Colour/Style Dry red - medium-to-full bodied.
Grapes 60% Grenache, 20% Syrah, plus Mourvedre and Carignan
Alcohol (a.b.v)
13.5%
Food Garlic lamb, tagines, steak, grilled Tuna
Next day
Even better - still going strong after a day or two
Drink Excellent now, or keep for 5 to 10 years
New vintage - tasting note to follow.
 

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Domaine Mas de Lavail Ballade Carignan Vieilles Vignes 2011 IGP Côtes Catalanes
Mas de Lavail Ballade Carignan 2011
Vintage
2011
Region Fenouilledes, north-west of Perpignan
Colour/Style Dry red - medium/full bodied
Grapes 100% old-vine Carignan, traditionally fermented
Alcohol (a.b.v)
15.0%
Food Rich casseroles, spaghetti bolognese, pizza
Next day
Even better
Drink Excellent now, but will improve for 2 or 3 years
My goodness, this really is cracking wine, with a tremendously evocative nose of raspberries, blackberries, plums and cherries and a whiff of mothballed old clothes kept in an old mahogany wardrobe. Further notes of molasses, mixed spices and fine cigar leaf make for a considerably complex nose. Fanciful, perhaps, but there is only one way for you to find out! The palate is rich, but perfectly balanced and fruity - and elegant. Yes, this is the oft-maligned Carignan we are talking about, but I defy any lover of good red wine not to love this. It has an amazing depth of ripe, concentrated cherry and bramble fruit, complemented by a lick of fennel and liquorice. A wine of restrained power - and yet another wonderful Carignan.
 

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Domaine Mas de Lavail Cuvée Tradition 2011 Côtes du Roussillon Villages
Mas de Lavail tradition 2011
Vintage
2011
Region Cotes du Roussillon Villages, Maury, west of Perpignan
Colour/Style Dry red - full bodied.
Grapes 40% Carignan, 40% Syrah, 20% Grenache, all 50 years+
Alcohol (a.b.v)
14.0%
Food Grilled red meats and vegetables, poultry, cheese
Next day
Better still
Drink Excellent now, or to age for a further 5+ years
Dark purple colour with a narrow rim. A pungent nose of red and bramble fruits, garrigue herbs, spice and leather, with a gently smoky, meaty character and subtle notes of orange peel, polished mahogany and incense. The palate displays ripe, succulent flavours of summer and autumn fruits, combined with velvety soft tannins and bracing acidity. The classic blend of dry-farmed Carignan, Syrah and Grenache grapes harvested at full maturity makes for a full bodied, complex and concentrated wine that is extremely enjoyable to drink now, but with enough stuffing to age and evolve for a few years yet. This is benchmark Roussillon, made without recourse to oak-ageing (this is aged in vats). And who needs oak, when the fruit is this good? Enjoy it now, or age it for another 3 to 5 years. Either way, you are onto a winner.
 

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Domaine Sol-Payre Cuvée Tradition 2011 Côtes du Roussillon
Domaine Sol-Payré Tradition 2011
Vintage
2011

Region Cotes du Roussillon, Elne, south-east of Perpignan
Colour/Style Dry red - medium bodied, aged 1 year in stainless steel
Grapes 1/3 each of Syrah, Grenache and Carignan
Alcohol (a.b.v)
13.0%
Food Roast beef or lamb, roast vegetable dishes, cheese, pasta
Next day
Better still
Drink Excellent now, or keep for 3 to 5 years
Medium ruby red colour with a light-ish rim. The nose offers enticing aromas of cherries, stewed plums and raspberries. Notes of herby garrigue mingle with leather, toffee apple, forest floor and freshly-baked bread - a proper "winey" nose! The palate is grippy, gently rustic and loaded with fresh, juicy red cherry and raspberry fruit flavours, again with some herby notes and subtle spice. All of that flavour, combined with a healthy dash of lemony, high-toned acidity and just the right level of tannin makes for a wine that is perfectly balanced and deliciously drinkable already. As with previous vintages, this wine shows just how good traditional (and un-oaked) Roussillon reds can be at the "lower" end, with an aromatic and flavour profile not a million miles away from really good Cotes du Rhone - but with extra dimensions of freshness and lift. This is another real winner, from one of the most consistent growers on our list.
 

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Domaine Sol-Payre Ater Noir 2008 Côtes du Roussillon
Domaine Sol-Payré Ater 2008
Vintage
2008
Region Cotes du Roussillon, Elne, south-east of Perpignan
Colour/Style Dry red - full bodied, aged 1 year in stainless steel
Grapes Syrah, Grenache and Carignan
Alcohol (a.b.v)
14.0%
Food Beef, lamb, game in rich sauces
Next day
Even better
Drink Drinking well now, but will evolve for another 5 to 8 years
Deep, translucent blood red core, leading to a narrow ruby rim. The rich bramble, dark cherry and plum aromas typical of this cuvée are all present and correct, with subtle cedar, leather, tobacco and forest floor notes, along with some enticing violet, redcurrant and savoury elements lurking in the background. An abundance of rich, super-ripe, tangy red and black fruit flavours and all of those savoury and floral elements combine with robust tannins and ample acidity, in a wine of considerable concentration, with a long and spicy finish. Already good to drink now (with the right food) it shows even better on the second day, which marks it out as a wine that will age and improve nicely over the next 5 to 8 years, perhaps more.
 

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Domaine Sol-Payré Vertigo 2009 Côtes du Roussillon
Domaine Sol-Payré Vertigo 2009
Vintage
2009
Region Cotes du Roussillon, Elne, south-east of Perpignan
Colour/Style Dry red - full bodied.
Grapes 70% Grenache, 30% Syrah, aged 1 year in stainless steel
Alcohol (a.b.v)
14.5%
Food Beef, lamb, game in rich sauces
Next day
Even better
Drink Drinking well now, but will evolve for another 5 to 8 years
Deep blood red colour, with a narrow ruby rim. An immensely appealing nose of summer pudding - bready, with oodles of raspberry, red cherry and stewed plums, gently spicy, with a subtle herby notes. Despite seeing no oak, there are also some enticing polished mahogany and orange peel notes. It is wonderfully expressive in the mouth, with an abundance of sweet and sour summer fruit flavours, grippy but fine tannins and a delicious backbone of acidity. Whilst really lovely to drink now, I can see this gaining much more complexity over the next few years. Indeed, this is borne out by the fact that it fills out even more over 2 or 3 days, taking on a rich, baked fruit quality, with hints of savoury and warm spices. So enjoy it now, for all of that wonderfully fresh fruit, or let it age and evolve and take on secondary flavours. Either way, you are onto a winner!
 

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Domaine Sol-Payré Trilogia 2011 Côtes du Roussillon
Domaine Sol-Payré Trilgia 2011
Vintage
2011
Region Cotes du Roussillon, Elne, south-east of Perpignan
Colour/Style Dry red - full bodied, aged 1 year in stainless steel
Grapes Grenache, Syrah and Carignan
Alcohol (a.b.v)
14.5%
Food Beef, lamb, game in rich sauces
Next day
Even better
Drink Drinking well now, but will evolve for another 10+ years
A blend of 3 grape varieties, from 3 different soil types, all at 300-plus metres altitude in the north of the region, around the Aigly Valley and the Fenouillèdes - Grenache on schiste, Syrah on gneiss and Carignan on granite. Another wine with an immediately appealing and expressive nose. Blueberries, plums and black cherries steeped in eau de vie spring to mind, with subtle hints of violets and herbs, polished leather and brioche. Rich, ripe and packed full of juicy red and black fruits, this really is a deliciously fresh, vibrant, chunky, mouth-filling wine. It would be wrong to call it a glugger, because it is a serious wine, with genuine structure, but it slips down so readily, even before food is introduced into the equation. The sweet-sour fruit flavours are shot through with all manner of herb and spice nuances, with a rich, bread/pastry quality countered by beautifully ripe tannins and orange-tinged acidity. Even after a couple of days, it continues to change and just get better. Wines from this estate almost invariably have the dual attraction of extreme drinkability in youth and excellent age-worthiness, and this is a classic example. For it has all of the vibrancy you could wish for in a wine so young, yet undoubtedly has the stuffing to age and evolve for a good 5 to 10 years or more.
 

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Domaine Sol-Payré Scelerata Âme Noir 2010 Côtes du Roussillon Les Aspres
Domaine Sol-Payré Scelerata 2010
Vintage
2010
Region Cotes du Roussillon, Elne, south-east of Perpignan
Colour/Style Dry red - full bodied, aged 1 year in oak barrels
Grapes 25% each of Syrah, Carignan, Grenache, Mourvedre
Alcohol (a.b.v)
14.0%
Food Beef, lamb, game in rich sauces
Next day
Even better
Drink Can be drunk now, but will improve for another 10+ years
Rich bramble and plum aromas, with notes of forest floor/damp earth, cigar box, spices and herbs, with a cloak of roasted, coffee-infused oak. Initially quite showy and rich, but with excellent tannin/acid balance. The oak quickly subsides and integrates on the palate, to reveal a lovely wine, full of southern charm, with rich, concentrated fruit flavours - not overtly sweet, but rich, figgy, chocolatey, yet imbued with a freshness and vitality redolent of red fruits (raspberry, redcurrant, even strawberry). It needs a year or two in bottle to fully integrate, but as the estate's flagship wine, it already shows signs of getting into its stride. Long, warming, fresh, beautifully balanced and considerably complex.
 

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Domaine Treloar Le Ciel Vide 2011 Côtes du Roussillon
Domaine Treloar Le Ciel Vide 2011
Vintage
2011

Region Cotes du Roussillon, Trouillas, south-west of Perpignan
Colour/Style Dry red - full bodied, aged partly in vat, partly in oak
Grapes 55% Syrah, 30% Grenache, 15% Mourvedre
Alcohol (a.b.v)
14.0%
Food Barbequed meats, sausages, rich casseroles, pizza
Next day
At its best on day 1, but still keeps well overnight
Drink Can be drunk now, but will age nicely for another 3-5 years
This inky-dark, semi-opaque wine has a nose of uber-ripe bramble and cassis, with notes of damp earth, polished leather and tobacco, with just a hint of older oak. The palate is rich and ripe, with intensely concentrated flavours of red and blacks fruits, pepper and spice and a touch of warming eau de vie. The tannins are quite grippy, but nicely balanced by ample acidity. It certainly isn't a quaffer, but is a great match for spicy, herby sausages or a slab of medium-rare steak. It isn't for wimps, but you get a lot of bang for your buck. And whilst good to drink now, it has the potential to age nicely for a few years.
 

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Domaine Treloar One Block Grenache 2011 IGP Côtes Catalanes
Domaine Treloar One Block Grenache 2011
Vintage
2011

Region Côtes Catalanes, Trouillas, south-west of Perpignan
Colour/Style Dry red - medium-bodied, 25% aged in oak for 1 year
Grapes 70% Grenache, 30% Lledoner Pelut
Alcohol (a.b.v)
14.5%
Food Spicy sausages, meat balls, roasted vegetables
Next day
As good
Drink Good now, with food, or over the next 5 to 8 years
A blend of Grenache and it's close relative, the "hairy leaved" Lledoner Pelut. From a tiny yield of just 16 hl/ha, this is deep, dark and extracted - on the eye, nose and palate. Just the merest whiff of farmyard, to accompany a veritable riot of black cherry, raspberry, bramble and blackcurrant fruit. The palate is a mix of fruit pastilles, wine gums and liquorice allsorts, with a side serving of high-cocoa-content dark chocolate, with dusty, slightly rustic tannins, countered by just the right level of juicy acidity. Not for wimps, at the moment, but it has the makings of a really good, hearty, warming wine, once it has had the benefit of a year or so in bottle. A sort of "Roussillon does Chateauneuf"...... but for a lot less money. Another cracker from this most reliable of growers - and really good value for money.
 

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Domaine Treloar Three Peaks 2011 Côtes du Roussillon
Domaine Treloar Three Peaks 2011
Vintage
2011

Region Cotes du Roussillon, Trouillas, south-west of Perpignan
Colour/Style Dry red - full bodied. Aged 12 months in used oak barrels
Grapes 60% Syrah, 15% Mourvedre, 20% Grenache, 5% Carignan
Alcohol (a.b.v)
14.0%
Food Grilled meats, casseroles, cheese
Next day
Still good
Drink Lovely now, but will age nicely to 2020 and beyond
As always seems to be the case with this cuvée, the nose exhibits a considerably complex array of ripe, high-toned raspberry, bramble and meat/savoury aromas, with hints of iodine, leather, forest floor and a lick of spicy oak. The palate is deep, rich and extracted, yet remains delightfully fresh, with dense, dark fruit, herb and exotic spice flavours wrapped around a core of firm, rich, rustic tannins and high-toned, ever-so-slightly volatile acidity. I have said this before of previous vintages, but once again, I can honestly say that the bar has been set even higher with this one. It really is a benchmark Roussillon expression of the S/G/M blend, with wonderful ageing potential. Which only goes to underline my assertion that Three Peaks is one of the best wines, in terms of quality and price, in the Treloar range. A rare and fabulous bargain.
 

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Domaine Treloar Le Secret 2008 Côtes du Roussillon
Treloar Le Secret 2008
Vintage
2008
 
Region Cotes du Roussillon, Trouillas, south-west of Perpignan
Colour/Style Dry red - full bodied, aged in oak barriques 
Grapes 80% Syrah, plus Grenache and Mourvedre
Alcohol (a.b.v)
13.5%
Food Beef, lamb, game, cheese
Next day
Better still
Drink Excellent now, but will age for up to 8 years
The colour is very similar to the Three Peaks, though a little darker and more opaque. And despite the fact that Syrah is the dominant variety, the small amount of Mourvedre really shows through, with some really smoky, meaty, leathery, almost farmyardy notes mingled with the bramble fruit, but countered by notes of orange peel and fried spices. There's a touch of oak influence, but it is totally harmonious and serves only to add complexity. The palate has a delightful freshness, with juicy fruit flavours and fine tannins countered (or rather complemented) by excellent acidity. Moreover - and this is something I've noticed in most of the latest crop of Treloar wines - there's absolutely no impression of heat or over-ripeness, with the alcohol level at a very respectable 13.5%. Slightly earlier picked grapes, perhaps? Whatever the reason, the result is more freshness, more finesse and wines which are much easier to drink young. Having said that, this is yet another wine with excellent keeping potential - I'd say another 5 to 8 years.
 

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Domaine Treloar Le Maudit 2011 Côtes du Roussillon
Domaine Treloar Le Maudit 2011
Vintage
2011

Region Cotes du Roussillon, Trouillas, south-west of Perpignan
Colour/Style Dry red - full bodied. Aged 12 months in oak barriques
Grapes Carignan
Alcohol (a.b.v)
13.7%
Food Grilled meats, game, cheese
Next day
Better still
Drink Good now, but will age nicely for another 5+ years
100% Carignan from low-yielding 60-year-old vines (harvested at just 20 hl/ha) and aged for 12 months in 3-5 year-old oak barrels. The nose shows typical old-vine Carignan traits of dusty bramble and raspberry, old leather and undergrowth, with hints of fine eau de vie and polished wood. The oak is still a little prominent, but little notes of mint, balsam, mineral and citrus add complexity and freshness. A combination of ripe, juicy fruit flavours, rustic tannins and heightened aciditymake for a refreshingly sweet and sour feel. Again, there are some quite oaky, bready notes, but these should integrate after a year or two in bottle, and it finishes nicely dry, cool and spicy, with a nice acidic bite.
 

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Domaine Treloar Motus 2011 Côtes du Roussillon
Domaine Treloar Motus 2011
Vintage
2011

Region Côtes du Roussillon, Trouillas, south-west of Perpignan
Colour/Style Dry red - full bodied, aged in oak barriques for 2 years 
Grapes 92% Mourvedre, 8% Grenache
Alcohol (a.b.v)
14.0%
Food Beef, lamb, game, cheese
Next day
Better still
Drink Excellent now, but will age to 2020 and beyond
The nose on this is just wonderful. Bramble and black cherry, meat, polished old leather, woodsmoke, herbs and curry spices all get a look-in - really evocative and complex, redolent of well-used church pew or a favourite old wardrobe. The palate offers ripe red and black fruits and a hint of soft citrus, with beautifully ripe, polished tannins and mouth-watering acidity. And even at 3 years old (at the time of writing) youth is no bar to the sheer loveliness and approachability of this wine. Think of a top Bandol, but a touch softer and less forbidding - and a lot cheaper! A supremely classy wine.
 

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Domaine Treloar Tahi 2006 Côtes du Roussillon
Domaine Treloar Tahi 2006 table
Vintage
2006
Domaine Treloar Tahi 2006
Region Cotes du Roussillon, Trouillas, south-west of Perpignan
Colour/Style Dry red - full bodied. Partly oak-aged
Grapes 50% Syrah 30% Mourvedre and 20% Grenache
Alcohol (a.b.v)
13.8%
Food Roast or grilled red meats, game, wild mushroom dishes
Next day
Better still
Drink Good now, but will improve for another 5 to 10 years
75% of the blend for this wine is aged in French barriques, 30% of which are new. A deeply-coloured wine, with fresh bramble and blackcurrant fruits, complemented by exotic spices, leather and brioche, with a touch of charred oak. The palate is rich and concentrated, with a huge core of ripe red and black berry fruits, along with notes of cinnamon and clove. Tightly structured, it has fine tannins, excellent acidity and some interesting earthy/mineral notes - great balance and poise, even at this early stage. Although a joy to drink now - with food - this is undoubtedly a wine for the long haul. A truly class act.

Tasting note by Jamie Goode at wineanorak.com - April 2008
"It's a big old wine, made with a fair dollop of new oak, but there's more than enough fruit to deal with it. Tight, dark, concentrated and quite tannic, this could do with a few years to become more approachable and is potentially very long-lived. Ripe dark fruits dominate, with a subtly roasted coffee oak edge and a bit of plummy bitterness on the finish. There's a lot going for this wine .... I'd be fascinated to see how this wine will taste in a decade: I reckon it will be pretty serious. 93/100"

Tasting note by The Wine Gang - March 2009
"This has a beautiful cedar and pencil-shaving finesse to very ripe, glossy black fruit on the nose. The palate is flooded with a super-ripe, chocolatey bittersweetness of berry fruits that has sumptuous depth but never loses focus thanks to creamy, supple tannins, oak spice and good acidity. 10+ years cellaring potential. One of this month's Five Wines to lay down. 93/100"

Tasting note by Tamlyn Currin of jancisrobinson.com - May 2010
"17 Drink 2010-2016 Rich, brooding cassis on the nose with an overlay of char. Chocolate and cumin seed nestle in against black fruit. Powerful weight, exacting and smoothly cut. Glistening with life and very modern."

 

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Domaine Treloar Tahi 2007 Côtes du Roussillon
Treloar Tahi 2007
Vintage
2007

Region Cotes du Roussillon, Trouillas, south-west of Perpignan
Colour/Style Dry red - full bodied. Aged in oak barriques
Grapes 50% Syrah, 30% Grenache, 20% Mourvedre
Alcohol (a.b.v)
14.0%
Food Roast or grilled red meats, game, wild mushroom dishes
Next day
Better still
Drink Surprisingly approachable now, but will age for 10+ years
A dense but bright purple core leading to a tiny cherry red rim. The nose exudes class, with considerably complex aromas including (but by no means limited to) black cherries, bramble, citrus fruits, garrigue herbs, incense and licorice, and a cloak of gently toasty, beautifully integrated oak. As the colour would suggest, the palate is dense, concentrated and tightly-knit, but not so much as to hide a certain degree of subtlety, with a huge core of juicy black fruits and exotic spiciness, complemented by firm but very fine tannins and tangy acidity. Although I wouldn't dare to suggest it is ready to drink yet, those curious enough to try a bottle at this early stage - preferably with food, of course - would certainly not be disappointed, because all of the components necessary for a very fine wine are there. Indeed, although the 2006 was a hard act to follow, I think this 2007 just about shades it, because of its sheer complexity and potential for elegance. And whilst the 2006 is probably another 5 to 10 years away from its peak, this one may get there a little quicker - but I suspect it will also stay there for longer. A benchmark Roussillon wine - and for me the finest Treloar red yet.
 

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Domaine Treloar Tahi 2008 Côtes du Roussillon
Domaine Treloar Tahi 2008
Vintage
2008

Region Côtes du Roussillon, Trouillas, south-west of Perpignan
Colour/Style Dry red - full bodied. Aged in oak barriques
Grapes 50% Syrah, 30% Grenache, 20% Mourvedre
Alcohol (a.b.v)
14.0%
Food Roast or grilled red meats, game, wild mushroom dishes
Next day
Better still
Drink Surprisingly approachable now, but will age for 10+ years
Medium/dense bright purple colour with a narrow cherry-red rim. The nose exhibits complex aromas of black cherries and bramble, with beautifully integrated notes of curry spices, cloves, cedar/cigar box and citrus. The palate is concentrated, yet fresh and giving, with juicy red and black fruit, spice and garrigue herb flavours. The tannins are grippy but very fine and already nicely integrated, whilst the tangy acidity keeps it all nicely fresh. This is the third vintage of Tahi, and whilst the 2006 demands more time and the 2007 is a little softer and more forward, this one really seems to have hit its stride already. Then again, it almost seems a shame to drink it so young. The back label says "to enjoy from 2010 to 2020" and I wouldn't disagree, because it is a wine which is approachable enough to enjoy in its youth, whilst also having the structure to age and evolve for another 10 years. But you pays your money and you takes your choice - and either way, it is an absolute cracker. Yet another benchmark Roussillon wine, which leaves me running short of superlatives!
 

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Domaine Piétri-Géraud Cuvée Méditerranée 2009 Banyuls
Domaine Pietri-Geraud Banyuls 2009
Vintage
2009

Region Banyuls - by the Mediterranean, near the Spanish border
Colour/Style Full-bodied fortified red, aged in oak barrels
Grapes 90% Grenache, 10% Carignan - 40 to 100 years old
Alcohol (a.b.v)
16.0%
Food Strong cheeses, patés, rich fruit cakes and puddings (including chocolate), dried fruits - versatile!
Next day
Lasts for weeks, once opened
Drink Excellent now, or will age to 2030 and beyond
New vintage - tasting note to follow.
 

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Domaine Mas de Lavail Expression 2011 Maury
Mas de Lavail Expression 2011 Maury
Vintage
2011
Region Maury, west of Perpignan
Colour/Style Red, vin doux naturel
Grapes 100% old vine Grenache
Alcohol (a.b.v)
16.5%
Food So versatile - duck with cherries, foie gras, rich fruit cake, cheese, raspberry sorbet - or simply on its own
Next day
How about weeks? Develops for ages!
Drink Excellent now, or age for 10 to 20 years
100% old vine Grenache, harvested at the peak of maturity, with yields of just 25hl/ha. The grapes are given a long maceration, followed by "mutage sur grains" (the addition of a small amount of grape brandy to the must) which stops the fermentation, thus retaining both an immense core of fruit and a certain amount of residual grape sugar. An opaque black cherry colour, with a tiny raspberry pink rim. As for the nose, well how many adjectives do you need? A more expressive, dense, fruity, spicy, sexy nose is virtually impossible to imagine. It simply reeks of dark cherries, damsons, framboise liqueur, dried orange peel, dark chocolate and exotic spices, all rubbed into a favourite old leather-soled shoe! Breathe even deeper and you get molasses, honey and truffle, not to mention a whole jar full of garrigue herbs. There is the vaguest whiff of savoury/meat in there too, but (for now at least) it really is about the fruit. There is plenty of tannin to give the palate a firm structure, but the almost painfully delicious sweet/sour fruit flavours bully it into submission, augmented by notes of toffee and fig, whilst a rasp of juicy acidity keeps it all vibrant and fresh. I have tasted dry red wines (especially from a certain appellation in the southern Rhône) which come across as more alcoholic than this, but with only a fraction of the fruit. Furthermore, it shows a genuine spicy "warmth", rather than alcoholic heat - and at just 16.5% abv, it is a full 3 or 4 degrees lighter than your average Port. And for this reason, it is a wine that you could conceivably pair with savoury dishes (notably duck or goose with a sweet/sour red fruit sauce) as well as foie gras and patés, cheeses, fruit cakes and other fruity desserts. Failing that, you could just enjoy a glass or two for its own sake. Vintage Maury is one of the world's best and most underrated sweet red wine styles - and this is another truly exceptional example from Mas de Lavail. An absolutely stunning wine - and a true bargain.
 

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Minimum order value, delivery charges, times and restrictions
We deliver only to UK and Northern Ireland addresses. The minimum order value is £75 (plus the delivery charge). You may of course choose a mix of any wines in our range. Orders between £75 and £200: delivery charge is £7.50. Orders over £200: delivery is free! (If your order is over £200, please remember to change the delivery charge in checkout to £0.00). Please note: Delivery to non-mainland addresses (Scottish Highlands and Islands, Northern Ireland, Isle of Man, Isle of Wight, etc.) is usually possible, but may not be on a next-working-day basis. It is also more expensive than delivery to mainland addresses, so will be charged at cost (for orders under £200) but with a small discount for orders over £200 - please call us for a quote.

Warning - you must be aged 18 or over
It is an offence to purchase or attempt to purchase alcohol if you are under the age of 18. (Section 149 Licensing Act 2003).We reserve the right to seek proof of age. Leon Stolarski says "drink less, but drink better!" Please consume alcohol in moderation.