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Thursday, September 06, 2007

A Pic St Loup I really like


Tonight I'm drinking a red wine that I really like. It's from the Languedoc sub-appellation of Pic St Loup, a region which I have a special affinity for (see my report here from a few years back). What I like about this wine is that it is expressive, it's fresh, it has definition, and it isn't just about lots of sweet fruit bolstered by spicy oak, which so many wine styles rely on these days. It's a Burgundian-styled Languedoc wine, if you will. It tastes authentic.

Mas Bruguiere L'Arbouse 2005 Coteaux du Landuedoc Pic Saint-Loup
A blend of equal parts Grenache and Syrah, and weighing in at a modest 13% alcohol, this is a really expressive 'drinking' wine (as opposed to one you just taste). It shows fresh, bright, spicy, peppery red berry and cherry fruit. It's not heavy, and there's a brightness to the palate with some juicy acidity keeping things fresh and savoury. There are some grippy, spicy tannins, too, and some meaty complexity that holds the interest. A great food wine, but it's generous enough for casual sipping, too. 89/100 (8.15 from Yapp)

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