Rousillon, Languedoc: Two from the south of France

M. Chapoutier “Les Vignes de Bila-Haut” Cotes de Rousillon 2009.  Cotes du Rousillon is a small appellation in southwest France, close to the Spanish border.  Blended from Grenache, Syrah and Carignan, this has a dense bouquet of black fruits, herbs and olives.  Full-bodied, round and balanced, with a slightly tannic mid palate.  Worth trying.  About $10.00.  Imported by HB Selections, New York, NY.

Most wine is consumed within about a month of being purchased.  And in this era of credit lines and nervous bankers, most wineries’ prime directive is to push product out the door the minute it’s bottled so they can make a payment.  So it was with much surprise that I found this terrific Pic-Saint-Loup.  You’ll not often find reasonably priced six-year-old table wines to buy.

Chateau de Lancyre “La Coste d’Aleyrac” Pic-Saint-Loup 2005.  You read that right, the 2005 vintage.  Like the Chapoutier, this is a blend of  syrah, grenache and the carignan, planted primarily on clay/limestone soil.  Licorice, thyme, lavender and blueberry comprise the nose.  On the palate, full-bodied sweet fruit, with soft, mature tannins, well-balance.  A great example of mature red wine.  The retailer’s inability to sell this wine was my benefit, and I hope it’s yours too.  If you see this on your wine store’s shelf, snap it up and try a bottle.  This is no longer the current vintage.  Imported by Hand Picked Selections, Warrenton VA.  In my local store is was priced on sale, reduced to $10.00.  My guess is that is should retail between $10.00 – $18.00.

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