Tuesday 12 February 2013

Two Wines From The South of France

Opened these two bottles over the weekend.

2009 Saint Bart Vieilles Vignes, Clot de L´Oum
This Roussillon wine is made of Syrah, Grenache Pelu and Carignan. The nose is young, fresh and spicy with notes of blueberris, warm lingonberries, rosemary and scorced earth. Not that deep but nice.
The taste is young, taut and a bit foursquare at first but with sufficient time in he decanter it unfolds into a nice wine with sweet bluberry fruit and notes of herbs, sun warm tiles and some peppery notes. The finish is medium long and ends dry. Good winemaking but it lacks a bit of personality. More info here.
83p   (tasted 2013/02)

2008 Old Vine Syrah, Chateau Mâris
This wine comes from Minervois and is made by an emigrated Englishman, Robert Eden. Read more here. Right out of the bottle this has a upfront, luscious nose filled with perky blueberry fruit and notes of crushed black peppar, asphalt, cigarr and cranberries. A fine sweetness to the fruit. Yummy!
The taste is young, tight and peppery with lots of sweet blueberry fruit and additional notes of pine nuts, veal meat, cigarr ashes, gravel and herbs. The finish is medium long. Very, very nice and I would guess that this could get even better with 3-5 years in the cellar.
88p   (tasted 2013/02)

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