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2014 Collioure Rouge “Puig Oriol”

Domaine La Tour Vieille

2014 Collioure <i>Rouge</i> “Puig Oriol” Domaine La Tour Vieille  - Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant
Collioure’s long history of viticulture dates back to the seventh century BC, when Phoenician settlers established the port town as a Mediterranean trade hub and covered the surrounding schist slopes with vines. To this day, it seems as though little has changed on this stunning stretch of coastline, where the Pyrenees dramatically dive into the sea: mechanization is virtually impossible due to the sheer gradient, and ancient stone terraces are still repaired by hand, using nothing but slabs of schist found among the vines. Keen to honor the rich Catalan tradition of winemaking on these slopes, Domaine La Tour Vieille crafts white, rosé, and red wines from Collioure, in addition to local curiosities such as late-harvest, fortified, and oxidative styles. Puig Oriol is a dry red made from primarily Syrah along with Carignan and Grenache. A brooding, wild beast with hints of black fruit and Mediterranean herbs, this is a portal to Catalonia’s stunning seaside vineyards. –Anthony Lynch
$28.00
Vintage: 2014
Bottle Size: 750mL
Blend: 80% Grenache Noir, 7% Carignan, 7% Syrah, 6% Mourvèdre
Appellation: Banyuls
Country: France
Region: Languedoc-Roussillon
Producer: Domaine La Tour Vieille
Winemaker: Vincent Cantié, Christine Campadieu
Vineyard: 35 to 70 years
Soil: Schist
Aging: Wine is bottled 10 to 18 months after fermentation
Farming: Lutte Raisonnée
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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When buying red Burgundy, I think we should remember:

1. Big wines do not age better than light wine.
2. A so-called great vintage at the outset does not guarantee a great vintage for the duration.
3. A so-called off vintage at the outset does not mean the wines do not have a brilliant future ahead of them.
4. Red Burgundy should not taste like Guigal Côte-Rôtie, even if most wine writers wish it would.
5. Don’t follow leaders; watch yer parking meters.

Inspiring Thirst, page 174

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