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2015 Cote Rousse, Dom. de l'Aigueliere

2015 Cote Rousse, Dom. de l'Aigueliere

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Gamey and peppery. Dried red peppercorns. Stuffed with texture – leather and silk and crackle of taffeta and driftwood. Very spicy. Very bresaola. Earthy and dry and savoury and intense. Needs food!! Meaty. Long, tobacco-fragrant finish. 2019-2028 16.5/20 - Jancis Robinson.com, May '18

Here we have 98% Syrah, from 35-year-old vines in Montpeyroux, harvested at just 20hl/ha - a very, very low yield and only 6,000 bottles produced. This cuvée spends eight months in oak barrels from Nièvre. Another densely-hued wine, the ramping up of concentration is noticeable immediately, dark, tightly-wound aromas of damson plum, peppercorn and liquorice, muscular and dense, but with a glimpse of brighter raspberry and violet, a wisp of curling bonfire smoke. Super stuff in the mouth: such a beautifully slick but firm and grippy, youthful palate, etched by its acidity and tannin framework, but the effortless concentration of fruit suggesting significant ageing potential too. 93pts - 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:
    2015
  • Producer:
    Dom. de l'Aigueliere
  • Size:
    75cl
  • Food Suggestions:
    Red Meat
  • Grape Variety:
    Syrah / Shiraz

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