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2015 Peyre Brune, Dom. de l'Aigueliere

2015 Peyre Brune, Dom. de l'Aigueliere

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Médaille d’OR au Concours Général Agricole de Paris en 2015.  Only made in exceptional years this 100 Cabernet comes from a small (and difficult to work) plot on slopes of Mont Baudile, and was created as a tribute to l’Aiguelieres founder, Aimé Commeyras. 
A super effort , very classy.  Deep, intense colour.  Cassis, black fruit, cocoa on the nose.  Ripe, whole red and black berried fruits, mocha, spice, touch of plum, toast – powerful tannins, ripe and integrated.  A wine of tremendous depth and poise which has long aging potential.

Aimé Commeyras was just such a man; once president of the Montpeyroux cooperative, he grew increasingly frustrated at its unfulfilled potential so left create the Domaine de l’Aigueliere high up in the Terrasses du Larzac. They started making and bottling their own wine in 1987 and by the mid-1990s had caught the eye of Robert Parker who described it as “perhaps the best estate in the higher altitudes of the Coteaux du Languedoc”, as the wines became flag-bearers for the fine wine revolution in these parts.

The estate is now run by Aimé's daughter Christine, and his brother Auguste; the excellent Marc Esclarmonde is the consultant oenologist, covering some 12ha of vineyards at Les Terrasses du Larzac, now considered to be the finest site in the entire region and now even has its own AOC. These vineyards are heavily influenced by the cool air from the high Larzac plateau; Mount Baudile peaks at 850m (2800ft) so day/night temperatures can vary as much as 20°C in the hottest months allowing grapes to mature much more slowly which aids balance and complexity. Soil type is also is highly variable (clay, limestone, pebbles, and the volcanic ruffes) grapes are hand-harvested and each parcel of vines is vinified separately in stainless-steel tanks before ageing in a selection of different oak casks.

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    Dom. de l'Aigueliere
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    Red Meat
  • Grape Variety:
    Syrah / Shiraz

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