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2013 Pic Saint Loup Rouge “Sainte Agnès”

Ermitage du Pic Saint Loup

2013 Pic Saint Loup Rouge “Sainte Agnès” Ermitage du Pic Saint Loup - Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant
If the Languedoc were classified like Burgundy, Pic Saint Loup would be one of its more esteemed villages, perhaps Gevrey, and Sainte Agnès would be its grand cru. This outstanding vineyard climbs rocky white limestone toward the summit of the Pic, the majestic outcrop that dominates the region’s landscape. Significant altitude and the meager layer of topsoil imbue this cuvée with focus, nerve, and verve—an upper-slope gem rampant with savory, smoky Syrah tones, garrigue, and succulent raspberry. For a wine that will age like a grand cru, the value is outstanding. —Anthony Lynch
$25.00
Vintage: 2013
Bottle Size: 750mL
Blend: 50% Syrah, 40% Grenache, 10% Mourvèdre
Appellation: Languedoc Pic Saint Loup
Country: France
Region: Languedoc-Roussillon
Producer: Ermitage du Pic Saint Loup
Winemaker: Xavier, Pierre, and Jean-Marc Ravaille
Vineyard: 40 – 50 years, 10 ha
Soil: Limestone
Aging: Aged for 12 months
Farming: Biodynamic, Organic
Alcohol: 14%

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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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