WINE OF THE MONTH!
April 1, 2023 by PWM
2018 CH. LANCYRE PIC ST. LOUP
OLD VINE LANGUEDOC!
CLASSIC FRENCH NOIR! The Languedoc region is amongst the oldest regions of France. First the Greeks, then the Phoenicians settled in the Languedoc & the region was later invaded by the Alamanni, Vandals, Visigoths & the Saracensand they all wanted to drink....Wine!
While the winery was built in 1500, it wasn’t until the Durand family took possession in the 1970s that the prestige of this estate really took off. Pic Saint-Loup has justifiably garnered a reputation as the Languedoc’s best wine district. Vineyards are 15 miles inland from the Mediterranean and are almost 2,000 feet above sea level. Summer days are blazingly hot (103°F!), but night-time temperatures almost always drop to below 60°F – sometimes even below 50°F! Syrah (the principal grape in Pic Saint-Loup).
This is THE flagship wine of the most important domain of the Pic Saint-Loup appellation! This wine from a single plot selection of 45-year-old Vieilles Vignes reveals is remarkably dense and concentrated, packed with dark fruit and rounded tannins. It's full-bodied and supple on the mid-palate, adding hints of vanilla, espresso and dried spices on the long, velvety finish. Already delicious this wine will continue to evolve over a decade or more. This will give most wines made in Cote Rotie & Hermitage a run for their money.