I was delighted to find a spattering of new wines from the southwest of France in The Sampler yesterday, when I attended the icon tasting. I bought one – a Marcillac- and drank it last night. It was fabulous. Probably a bit more refined and less edgy than the Domaine du Cros that I’ve raved about in the past, but it is a fair bit more expensive.
Domaine du Mioula Marcillac 2009 southwest France
12% alcohol. Attractive, pure, ripe supple cherry and berry fruits with some grainy, subtly gravelly, iron-like savoury notes. Lovely pure cherry fruit here. It’s quite like a New Zealand Pinot Noir in weight, and not at all rustic. Beautifully balanced and quite elegant. It has local personality, but some polish, too. 92/100 (£13.20 The Sampler)