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  • By Chris Kissack
    April 2006, (See more on Winedoctor...) 16.5 points

    (Domaine St Michel les Clauses Corbières Chorus) Low yields here, just 25 hl/ha, probably necessary when one considers this is 80% Carignan, with the balance equal parts Syrah and Grenache. This has a dark colour, but shows some bricky maturity. A very flashy nose, full of coconut and vanilla spice, liquorice and leather; there is much here that is not grape-derived, but there are appealing notes of herbs, pepper and bay leaf too. Full, spicy, lots of character on the palate, although there is plenty of evident oak here too. Smooth, creamy texture, fresh acidity, and rather robust underneath. Good; would be popular with those who seek out traditional Rioja, I think.

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