Tag: Saint Chinian

A weekly wrap; 23 March 2013

Well, another week has slipped by.  I somehow managed to post quite a few wine reviews this week, though this was perhaps made easier by the number of high quality wines tasted.  I still haven’t managed to write up my promised notes on my extraordinary tasting of old Chassagne-Montrachets the other week.  In fact, I’m still sitting on a few notes from my Canadian tastings from last month, which will hopefully write themselves up shortly.

This week I’ve had two or three wines that I’ve felt the need to run out and buy more, with the Montefili Rosso below my value pick for the week.

Here are links to all of the wines reviewed this week:

Very Good
Katnook Estate Merlot 2005, Coonawarra

Good to Very Good
Toolangi Chardonnay 2011, Yarra Valley
Vecchie Terre di Montefili Montefili Rosso 2010, Tuscany
Nyetimber Classic Cuvee English Sparkling 2006, England
Yering Station Cabernet Sauvignon 2012, Yarra Valley

Good
Lowe Organic Block 8 Shiraz 2011, Mudgee
Calmel & Joseph Les Terroirs Côtes du Roussillon Villages 2011
Marchesi Alfieri La Tota Barbera d’Asti 2011, Tuscany
Calmel & Joseph Les Terroirs Saint Chinian 2011

Acceptable
Calmel & Joseph Les Crus Terrasses du Larzac 2011

Calmel & Joseph Les Terroirs Saint Chinian 2011

Another bottle shot evidencing consumption with an element of gusto.  Saint Chinian extends over very dry terrain in the foothills between Minervois and Faugères in the deep south of France.  This wine is a blend of syrah (60%), grenache (30%) and carignan (10%).  It works well.  Aromatics of dark cherry and an elegant impression of brooding plums and liquorice.   The palate delivers slightly less than the very attractive nose promised, but it is very balanced with a blueberry driven fruit character that is quite expressive and supplemented by some anise characters.  Overall, a balanced wine with nice fruit that presents value at its price point.

Rating: Good, Abv: 14%, Price: $18, Source: sample, Vendors: http://www.bordeauxshippers.com.au/, Website: http://www.calmel-joseph.com, Tasted: 2014

A weekly wrap; 16 March 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:

Very Good
Calmel & Joseph Les Terroirs Faugères 2011, $18

Good to Very Good
Calmel & Joseph Le Pic Pic Saint Loup 2010, $36

Good
Yering Station Village Cabernet Sauvignon 2011, $24
Calmel & Joseph Les Terroirs Minervois 2011, $18