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2013 Languedoc Rouge “Les Cocalières”

Domaine d'Aupilhac

2013 Languedoc <i>Rouge</i> “Les Cocalières” Domaine d'Aupilhac - Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant

When Sylvain Fadat planted the Cocalières parcel—an onerous process that required three years, loads of dynamite, and unthinkable physical exertion—he envisioned a wine endowed with freshness and elegance, traits so dearly valued in a hot southern climate. Today his vision for this high-altitude, north-facing wonder-vineyard has come to fruition. You’ll find suggestions of rich black fruit and cool stone in this complex, ageable red. Delicate yet profound, the 2013 delivers an extraordinarily refined expression of this truly stunning terroir. –Anthony Lynch

$35.00
Vintage: 2013
Bottle Size: 750mL
Blend: 40% Syrah, 30% Grenache, 30% Mourvèdre
Appellation: Languedoc
Country: France
Region: Languedoc-Roussillon
Producer: Domaine d'Aupilhac
Winemaker: Sylvain Fadat
Vineyard: 10 years
Soil: Limestone, Basalt
Aging: Ages in cuves and barrels for 15 months
Farming: Organic
Alcohol: 12.5%

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About Languedoc-Roussillon

Ask wine drinkers around the world, and the word “Languedoc” is sure to elicit mixed reactions. On the one hand, the region is still strongly tied to its past as a producer of cheap, insipid bulk wine in the eyes of many consumers. On the other hand, it is the source of countless great values providing affordable everyday pleasure, with an increasing number of higher-end wines capable of rivaling the best from other parts of France.

While there’s no denying the Languedoc’s checkered history, the last two decades have seen a noticeable shift to fine wine, with an emphasis on terroir. Ambitious growers have sought out vineyard sites with poor, well draining soils in hilly zones, curbed back on irrigation and the use of synthetic fertilizers and pesticides, and looked to balance traditional production methods with technological advancements to craft wines with elegance, balance, and a clear sense of place. Today, the overall quality and variety of wines being made in the Languedoc is as high as ever.

Shaped like a crescent hugging the Mediterranean coast, the region boasts an enormous variety of soil types and microclimates depending on elevation, exposition, and relative distance from the coastline and the cooler foothills farther inland. While the warm Mediterranean climate is conducive to the production of reds, there are world-class whites and rosés to be found as well, along with stunning dessert wines revered by connoisseurs for centuries.

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Great winemakers, great terroirs, there is never any hurry. And I no longer buy into this idea of “peak” maturity. Great winemakers, great terroirs, their wines offer different pleasures at different ages.

Inspiring Thirst, page 312

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