The appellation of La Clape is situated within the wider Languedoc region on the Mediterranean coastal ranges near Narbonne. The region experiences very high average annual sunshine hours, and the elevations are up to 200 metres. It is well suited to syrah, grenache and mourvedre style wines, and the 2008 grand vin rouge here from Chateau d’Anglès is a blend of 55% mourvedre, 30% syrah, 10% grenache and, if you are still counting, the balance carignan. The estate itself also has some pedigree, being taken over in 2002 by the Fabre family (Eric Fabre was a technical director at Lafite Rothschild for some years). In the glass, this wine benefits from a decent decant (suggestion: at least an hour). It has aromatics of spices, meats and baked plums, with some wild fruited character from the carignan. Unmistakably southern French and savoury in style, the palate is spicy and meaty with good length and proves a really enjoyable release.
Price: $49.50 ($44.55 per dozen)
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