NEW! Clos Marie 'L'Olivette', Pic St Loup, Languedoc, France 2015

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NEW! Clos Marie 'L'Olivette', Pic St Loup, Languedoc, France 2015

19.95

Silk and taffeta are not textures one normally associates with the red wines of the Languedoc; the wines tend to be rougher-hewn, evoking the gnarly old vines from which the grapes are sourced, but when it comes to the more elevated Pic St Loup (so high that my ears popped as I drove up to Clos Marie’s winery), there’s an unexpected elegance and finesse to the wines, due in no small part to the aspirations of their talented winemaker, Christophe Peyrus. The Cuvee ‘Olivette’ is a blend of Grenache, Syrah and Cinsault, but made in an atypically supple and charming style, with hints of sweet red fruits intermingling with floral aromatics and jewel bright acidity. Whole bunch fermentation brings freshness to what can often be an intimidating blend of grapes when grown on the plains below, so the style is actually more Northern Rhone, certainly in its aromatics. A real beauty, but sadly in very short supply due to terrible hail storms that decimated the vineyards. Snap up the last few bottles while you can, you won’t be disappointed.


Press review:

The Wine Advocate: “The medium-bodied 2015 Coteaux du Languedoc Pic Saint Loup l'Olivette is a blend of 60% Grenache, 30% Syrah and 10% Mourvèdre, matured in a mix of demi-muids and foudres. Showing hints of crushed stones, red berries and garrigue, it offers a slightly coarse, drying mouthfeel but a long, complex finish that's redolent of wild thyme, rosemary and juniper.” 90 points

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