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If you’ve read our newsletter much, you have probably heard us rave about Sylvain Fadat’s Montpeyroux—certainly among the best values in our portfolio, buy it by the case, etc. All of this holds true with the 2014 vintage, but what has changed is that Sylvain has coaxed newfound elegance out of the Mourvèdre, Carignan, Syrah, Grenache, and Cinsault grapes that make up this cuvée. A combination of vintage effect with gentler winemaking that seeks more freshness and less brute tannin, it has yielded this lively, crunchy, medium-bodied red reminiscent of violets, herbs, and dusty stone. Enjoy it over the next five or ten years.
|Blend:||30% Mourvèdre, 30% Carignan, 25% Syrah, 10% Grenache, 5% Cinsault|
|Vineyard:||35 years, 21.5 ha total|
|Soil:||Limestone, clay, scree, blue marl (with fossil deposits)|
|Aging:||Wine ages in barrel for 20 months|
Domaine d’Aupilhac France | Languedoc-Roussillon | Vin de Pays de l’Hérault
I want you to realize once and for all: Even the winemaker does not know what aging is going to do to a new vintage; Robert Parker does not know; I do not know. We all make educated (hopefully) guesses about what the future will bring, but guesses they are. And one of the pleasures of a wine cellar is the opportunity it provides for you to witness the evolution of your various selections. Living wines have ups and downs just as people do, periods of glory and dog days, too. If wine did not remind me of real life, I would not care about it so much.
Inspiring Thirst, page 171