Archive for the ‘Languedoc-Roussillon’ category

Borie de Maurel Minervois la Liviniere “La Feline” 2005

January 8, 2009

img_5241The young appellation of Minervois La Livinière is considered to produce some of Languedoc’s best wines. From its leading producer comes La Féline, a deep crimson coloured blend of 75% Syrah and 25% Grenache. Where the wines from the Southern Rhône already offer the distinctive characters of garrigue and Herbes de Provence, to this one the ripeness and fulness of sun-drenched grapes is added, however, balancing acidity is always in sight due to the relatively high altitude of the AOC’s vineyards. On the nose aromas of cherry, blackberry, plum, herbs, pepper and exotic spice seem to grow more complex with some time in the glass, perfectly balancing the fragrance of primary fruit with spicy-savoury notes. The palate is smooth, round, ripe and powerful with grippy tannins building towards the finish. Its austerity suggests it can easily be cellared for 5 years or more. This is actually a quite fantastic wine at this price. 90 points

Source: Vintage Cellars  Price: $26  Drink: Now-2014

Web: www.boriedemaurel.fr

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Domaine du Meteore Les Orionides 2004

February 17, 2008

img_4164.jpgIf you like to know what’s really happening on the French wine scene it is a must to have a good look at new names from the southern corners of the hexagon. Innovative winemaking, ecologically friendly viticulture, tremendously exciting terroir-driven wines at reasonable prices are the keywords for regions as Languedoc, Roussillon and Provence. Domaine du Météore is one of those small producers that have emerged from the New South with rapid speed and its wines are indeed as fascinating as the meteor showers they are named after. The 2004 Les Orionides is a cuvée of 55% Syrah, 20% Mourvèdre, 15% Grenache and 10% Carignan, varieties that all contribute their own unique virtues to this modern styled wine. Deep purple in the glass, the nose is marked by the relatively large Syrah component and élévage in barriques for 12 months with aromas of blackberry, raspberry, violets, thyme, juniper, earth, cedar and spice. The palate is concentrated and rich with powerful, mouthdrying tannins, yet it always retains its softness and elegance with fresh mineral acids cutting through layers of fruit. This is a delectable wine that offers a honest and different experience. 90 points

Source: Ce Soir Wine Importers  Price: $30  Drink: Now-2010

Domaine du Meteore Les Leonides 2004

February 15, 2008

img_4161.jpgWith surging prices for wines from Burgundy, Bordeaux and the Rhône it sometimes pays off to hunt for wines from lesser known regions like the Provence and Languedoc-Roussillon. In those regions the bulk of production consists of Vin du Table or Vins de Pays, offering total freedom for producers to make some innovative wines from commercial varieties as Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon. But to experience true character and optimal expression of terroir one has to look for wines that are produced within the regulations of an AOC. One of the most exciting ones is Faugères, situated on the steep south-facing slopes of the Cévennes. Poor schist soils and hot, dry conditions during summer form the conditions in which Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre and Carignan thrive as blending partners for the red wines. All four are found in Les Leonides from Domaine du Météore, a wine made in the traditional mould with no oak contact during fermentation and élevage. This allows the intense fruit to express itself fully in the wine by showing fragrant aromas of cherries, brambles, blackberries and garrigue. The medium-bodied palate has a nearly creamy softness where fruit, superfine tannins and mineral acidity are perfectly balanced. Add a Carignan derived rustic finish and voilà, a challenging and interesting wine that absolutely over-delivers at this price. 89 points

Source: Ce Soir Wine Importers  Price: $20  Drink: Now-2009