Domaine Clavel Le Mas: excellent value from the Languedoc

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Not to be confused with the Côtes du Rhône domaine of the same name, Domaine Clavel has vineyards in four different Languedoc terroirs: Pic St Loup, Grès de Montpellier, La Méjanelle and Saint Christol, with 33 hectares in all. The farming is organic.

This, their entry level red, is really smart. It’s from Grès de Montpellier, and comes from sandstone pebbles over a clay/limestone base. It’s remarkable value for money. A blend of Carignan/Syrah/Mourvèdre/Grenache fermented and aged in concrete tanks with no oak.

Domaine Clavel Le Mas 2015 Coteaux du Languedoc, France
13.5% alcohol. This organic southern red has a lovely floral black cherry nose with some peppery hints, and some wet stones. The palate is juicy and bright but has lovely depth of cherry fruit with a touch of meatiness and some gravelly grip. Satisfying and delicious. 91/100 (£9.50 Tanners)

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