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2015 Esprit, Dom. de l'Aigueliere

2015 Esprit, Dom. de l'Aigueliere

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Syrah (55%), Grenache (40%) and Mouvèdre (5%). Grapes from selected plots, mainly clay and limestone, are destemmed and fermented in stainless steel. A little raw on the nose – bloody, gashed berries. There is a certain finesse here, lots of freshness, clean tingling black pepper, sharpened red fruit. It’s just a little thin, as if stage props rather than real 3-dimensional stuff. But I like it. That fine black pepper runs right through. It has elegance. It has determination. But it’s also not showy at all. 2018-2022 GV 16/20 - Jancis Robinson.com, May '18

Also from the Terrasses du Larzac's clay and limestone soils, a blend of 20-year-old Syrah and Grenache with just 2% Mourvèdre, this cuvée vinified in stainless steel. Crushed raspberry notes add lift to the black fruits here, a hint of camphor, of leafy twigs, all quite different from the Velour cuvée aromatically. In the mouth the two draw closer, as the meaty substance of the ripe fruit darkens the picture, but there's a dimension of juiciness, traded against the smoothing breadth of the Velours, that makes this equally appealing. Is the alcohol a touch more prominent in this differently structured wine? Maybe, but for me it retains balance and even some elegance. 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:
    2015
  • Producer:
    Dom. de l'Aigueliere
  • Size:
    75cl
  • Food Suggestions:
    Red Meat
  • Grape Variety:
    Syrah / Shiraz

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