Coteaux du Languedoc in the south of France is a varied and large appellation, and Pic Saint Loup is one of the more successful crus in it. I see more wine from this region on retail shelves in France, than Australia where blends of syrah, mourvèdre and grenache such as this wine stray firmly onto home turf. So, sighting a bottle in Australia, chances are someone thought this is a pretty good wine. In the glass, the aromatics remind of currants, with some sweet red fruit impressions from the grenache. The palate is balanced with medium length and some textural notes of currant and cherry. Overall, my view is that this wine is more pleasant than brilliant, but is nonetheless a balanced and enjoyable wine.
Rating: Good, Abv: 13%, Price: $30s, Vendors: http://www.wine-searcher.com/, Website: n/a, Tasted: 2014
It’s not every week that I can look through a number of subregions in the Languedoc-Roussillon, some stellar old white Burgundies from Chassagne-Montrachet dating from the 1980s and early 1990s, some old Bordeaux from 1986 and 1989, and one of the best vintages of Mount Mary’s cabernet that I’ve tasted. Being routinely time poor, it will take me a little while to write up each wine, but here are links to the wines posted this week so far:
Calmel & Joseph Les Terroirs Faugères 2011, $18
Good to Very Good
Calmel & Joseph Le Pic Pic Saint Loup 2010, $36
Yering Station Village Cabernet Sauvignon 2011, $24
Calmel & Joseph Les Terroirs Minervois 2011, $18
Pic Saint Loup is a successful sub region of the Coteaux du Languedoc in the Languedoc-Roussillon region in the south of France. Yields are generally low, and drought common. This wine, a blend of syrah (40%), grenache (30%), mourvèdre and carignan is quite a good one. It has highly expressive aromatics of spice, pepper, fresh thyme, fresh basil, dense plums, hints of earth, fresh and bright red currants and generally very bright fruit. The palate has a medium length, a good balance and structure, fine grained feathery like tannins and flavours reminding of plums, sour cherry and some exuberant juby fruit on the edges, being presumably the contribution from the grenache. This is a complex and balanced offering that will reward drinking over the next few years, and strangely enough reminded, at times, of a Grampians shiraz.
Rating: Good to Very Good, Abv: 14%, Price: $36, Source: sample, Vendors: http://www.bordeauxshippers.com.au/, Website: http://www.calmel-joseph.com, Tasted: 2014