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2016 Le Sourire de Lise, Dom. de l'Aigueliere

2016 Le Sourire de Lise, Dom. de l'Aigueliere

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Warm, cinnamon-scented baked plums. Leaps onto the palate with an exuberant whoop! Great fruit, great pzazz. Bit of firm tannic structure and throat-warming, but this is a great expression of Languedoc fruit. Tannins press on the finish, not enough to be drying, but enough to remind you that the fruit is not all that this wine is about. 2018-2021 16/20 - Jancis Robinson.com, May '18

A blend of Grenache and Syrah made in stainless steel, this is all about the dense and deep black cherry and clove-infused plum compote fruit on the nose, moving smoothly through to the palate where a very nice axis of creamy but firm tannin and juicy cherry-skin acidity cuts through the creamy ripeness of the fruit. Tangy, quite spicy and long, the palate has it's serious side for sure with the extraction nicely judged to give a bit of real grip. 90pts - Tom Cannavan, Wine-Pages.com, July '18

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.

Wine info

  • Country:
    France
  • Region:
    Languedoc
  • Style:
    Red
  • Vintage:
    2016
  • Producer:
    Dom. de l'Aigueliere
  • Size:
    75cl
  • Food Suggestions:
    All-Rounder
  • Grape Variety:
    Grenache

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