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2015 Pic Saint-Loup Rouge “Carra”

Château de Lascaux

2015 Pic Saint-Loup Rouge “Carra” Château de Lascaux - Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant

Lascaux does not refer to the famous cave paintings of the Dordogne; rather, it alludes to the limestone in the vineyards of this esteemed Languedoc estate. The horse-like figure that adorns the label is rather misleading in this sense—could the image have been chosen because the winemaker’s last name is “Cavalier”? Who knows. Regardless, Carra features Syrah and Grenache grown in Lascaux limestone, a deep and gallant red with cavalierly tendencies on the palate. –Anthony Lynch

$19.95
Vintage: 2014
Bottle Size: 750mL
Blend: 60% Syrah, 40% Grenache
Appellation: Languedoc
Country: France
Region: Languedoc-Roussillon
Producer: Château de Lascaux
Winemaker: Jean-Benoît Cavalier
Vineyard: 10 - 20 years, 14 ha
Soil: Fractured Limestone
Aging: Ages in cuve for 14 months before bottling
Farming: 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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Let the brett nerds retire into protective bubbles, and whenever they thirst for wine it can be passed in to them through a sterile filter. Those of us on the outside can continue to enjoy complex, natural, living wines.

Inspiring Thirst, page 236

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