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
|Blend:||50% Syrah, 40% Grenache, 10% Mourvèdre|
|Appellation:||Languedoc Pic Saint Loup|
|Producer:||Ermitage du Pic Saint Loup|
|Winemaker:||Xavier, Pierre, and Jean-Marc Ravaille|
|Vineyard:||40 – 50 years, 10 ha|
|Aging:||Aged for 12 months|
Ermitage du Pic St-Loup dates back to the Middle Ages, as the former home of the bishops of Maguelone. The limestone peak or “pic” perched above the vineyards was named for the legendary Saint Thieri Loup. In 1992, the Ravaille brothers joined forces to plant a vineyard here in what has traditionally been land dominated by sheep farming and cheese production. The Ravaille family has been in the Languedoc for over a thousand years, long enough to have known Saint Loup personally. These brothers have been on a noble quest of their own to create serious wine that expresses the complexity of their terroir. The three fish on the label’s emblem therefore not only evoke the story of Saint Loup, but also their fraternal collaboration.
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