A great typical Languedoc, much more complex than its price suggests. Fresh fruit (cherry, blackcurrant), spices, minty touch and silky tannins: everything is there to give a maximum pleasure. Oak ageing provides a long, toasted finish and a healthy structure. You'll regret not to have added a few more bottles to your order.
|Wine Characteristics||When & how to drink?|
Domain: La Grange
Grapes: Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre
Drink from now to 2019
Open an hour before, ideally decanted
Serve at 16-18°C
Try it on a Sunday roast!
Soil: Rocks, clay, limestone
Ageing: Oak barrels
|What experts say|
|Tom Cannavan wine-pages.com||
On 2013 vintage: "An oak-aged blend of Syrah, Grenache and Mourvèdre, from selected vineyard plots, this has a dramatically dark colour and immediate meatiness, earthiness and savoury density on the nose. On the palate a real juiciness of red berries emerges, coated in a smoothing, vanilla-touched coating of the barrels, but all given lovely tension by a tight, plum-skin tannin roughness, juicy acids and a tobacco and spice note."
An unusual wine for the region, due to the presence of Merlot in the blend. This Bordeaux-grape brings fruit and softness to the spicy Syrah, creating a lively and elegant red that is less tannic than most Languedoc wines. Its beautiful black fruit aromas and the long, supple finish will convince you without a doubt.
Castalide Edition is the upmarket cuvée of the range, noted 91-93 by Robert Parker. It comes from the Pézenas appellation - often called the "Grand Cru region in Languedoc" by wine amateurs. Elaborated from the best plots of Syrah and Grenache (each of them being vinified and aged separately), it boasts profound aromas of ripe black fruit, cherries, black...