This is the main and most important cuvée at La Roque and is the most vibrant
expression of Pic Saint Loup I’ve ever come across. It is a traditional blend of
Grenache-Syrah-Mourvèdre, with beautiful black fruit and southern spice –Chris Santini
|Blend:||65% Grenache, 25% Syrah, 10% Mourvèdre|
|Appellation:||Languedoc Pic Saint Loup|
|Producer:||Château La Roque|
|Vineyard:||40 years, 18 ha|
|Soil:||Scree slopes, Clay, Limestone|
|Aging:||Aged in cement tank for 1 year|
The picturesque landscape surrounding historic Château La Roque appears largely unchanged from how it must have been two thousand years ago. Ownership has changed hands many times since the Romans were first here, yet the soul of this special place remains in tact. Benedictine Monks created the sturdy vaulted-ceiling cellars that still house the bottles today. Winegrowing resumed in the 13th century when the de la Roque brothers planted new vines. Today, Château La Roque is in the capable hands of Cyriaque Rozier. This is unique terroir. Garrigue, the aromatic scrub brush that dominates the land, asserts its presence among the vines. In the wise words of KLWM salesperson/legend, Michael Butler, “Lay down a few cases of history.”
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.
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