What a deal – what a find! Old eagle eyes found this in the liquor store as I was looking for Ports and Sherries to purchase for tasting.
In September, we bought a case of Château d’Anglès’ La Clape Grand Vin, 2007 which has proved extremely popular and now we were lucky enough to find this (apparently ordered for a buyer who then changed his mind). It’s not normally available in BC.
A GSM blend of equal parts 40% Syrah and Grenache with 20% Mourvèdre, this is delicious wine. It’s clear and bright, a deep shade of garnet, and has quick legs.
The nose is developing and has aromas of ripe blackberries, blackcurrant, a hint of mint, black licorice and some spice from the Syrah.
On the palate, the wine is dry with a juicy medium plus acidity, velvety, smooth tannins and high alcohol. But, despite the 14% abv, the wine doesn’t feel boozy or hot at all. The flavours are intense and show lovely complexity with more ripe blackberry and bramble, deeply ripe and juicy cassis and a small flash of acai. Some minty greenness accompanies this fruit medley. Spices develop as it opens up over the course of a few glasses and the final kicker is the savoury meat.
This is WSET Very Good wine. I’m so glad Eric Fabre left Chateau Lafite-Rothschild with his wife to establish his own wines in the Languedoc. Awesome stuff and made with the least amount of intervention possible (there’s no fining or filtering). Beautifully balanced fresh and layered fruit with complexity, velvety tannins and a great length to the finish. Drink now or save for up to 2-3 more years.