Finally something good from France outside Bdx and Burgundy. 100% Syrah from old vines in Languedoc. Taste like a pretty good Cote Rotie with all the usual aroma suspects: blackberries, tar and bacon, all still in a vibrant mode. Needed some decanting but earned my respect.
SQN vs Rhone Dinner (BLT Steak, DC): Massive nose that is bright and interestingly dense. Screams cali terrior over france. Lots of blackberry and "blackberry mocha-chino here". However, its not flabby or fat. It is enjoyable, and I definitely wouldn't kick it out of bed.
Visit to La Clape (Narbonne, Languedoc); 7/7/2009-7/9/2009: I visited Chateau de la Negly today and after tasting through a range of Negly wines, this was pulled out for tasting (along with the Port du Ciel). Wow, what a wine! 100% Syrah from a vineyard somewhere near Montpellier that (they claimed) has the oldest Syrah vines in the Languedoc. Very low yield. The wine was intense with distinct notes of toffee in a very good way. Really other worldly and a complete change to the other wines I have tasted today from the La Clape (note this wine is not from La Clape!). Oh boy, I wish I could afford a bottle, but at €90, I am just happy I had a chance to taste.
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