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2020 Pic Saint Loup Rouge “Cupa Numismae”

Château La Roque
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This is perhaps the hardest-to-pronounce cuvée name in our entire portfolio; you can get it simply by asking us for the Cupa. And ask for it you should. Château La Roque does everything right, from certified biodynamics to horse plowing to natural winemaking, all done without making any noise about it. The Cupa is the estate’s top wine, its cream-of-the-crop, limited-production Syrah and Mourvèdre blend from vines on Roman-built terraces. It’s dense, noble, with grip and grit, the kind of cuvée that could generate a lot of awe and attention... and also a much higher price tag. That’s not, however, La Roque’s style; it’s about the wine, not the marketing. You’ll be glad to find this beauty in your glass. Enjoy.

Chris Santini

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Technical Information
Wine Type: red
Vintage: 2020
Bottle Size: 750mL
Blend: 65% Syrah, 35% Mourvèdre
Appellation: Languedoc Pic Saint Loup
Country: France
Region: Languedoc-Roussillon
Producer: Château La Roque
Winemaker: Cyriaque Rozie
Vineyard: 40 years, 18 ha
Soil: Clay, limestone scree
Aging: Aged in barrel (15% new), then in bottle for 12 months
Farming: Biodynamic (certified)
Alcohol: 14.2%

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About The Region

Languedoc-Roussillon

map of 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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Inspiring Thirst

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

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