Simply a note, on a stunner from Sylvain Fadat in the Languedoc, a region I fell in love with many years ago but have somewhat neglected of late.
Domaine d’Aupilhac ‘Les Cocalières’ 2007 Montpeyroux, Languedoc, France
13.5% alcohol. 40% Syrah, 30% Mourvèdre, 30% Grenache. Beautifully packaged, this is a wonderfully bright, elegant Languedoc red, but it’s quite serious, at the same time. The nose shows ripe but fresh raspberry and blackberry fruit with a hint of thyme and earth. This leads to a focused, structured, savoury, meaty palate showing complex blackberry fruit. There’s real density and precision here as well as some richness, but even at this early stage the wine is nicely balanced with good acidity and very well defined fruit flavours. No hint of over-ripeness. I love this style of wine. For current drinking and cellaring up to five years, I reckon, but I wouldn’t be surprised if it ages for longer. I just wish it wasn’t so expensive, although it is actually worth this much. 93/100 (£19.40 Berry Bros & Rudd)