2009 Chateau de Landure Minervois
I’ve truly enjoyed using the excuse of Languedoc Day to learn about this region of southern France and its varietals. Historically the area which dates or even predates Roman times is amazing. For those with an interest please see my earlier post near the bottom for more information. I am also providing additional information about this winemaker below.
Luckily for my wallet Languedoc wines are reasonably priced with many falling in the $8-$24.00 range. My choice is from Total Wine & More and I picked it after studying the characteristics of each wine. Narrowing the choice down as I came across attributes that usually appeal to me; dark fruit, medium body etc. I was originally drawn to a different 2010-11 vintage because of its RESERVE classification but decided on the Chateau de Landure because of its slightly older vintage. In my mind the extra time in the bottle would be beneficial not only to the personality of the wine but also to the imbiber, me of course.
As many from this region are this wine is a blend: 40% Syrah, 40% Grenache, 20% Mourvedre. As I decanted this wine I was surprised [pleasantly] to see its very dark rich color. I would describe it as an intensive very dark purple nearing black. The color is truly something to see. The aroma/bouquet was highly aromatic, very dark fruit forward with intense notes of raisin, currant and black pepper. As it opened I also noted; vanilla and violet. On the palate I detected many of the same with the continued strength of black pepper and stewed fruits; raisin/prune at its base. Interestingly the medium tannin level seemed to strengthen on the finish. Overall a very harmonious balance.
I did not expect the “New Worldliness” of this wine. I was expecting Old World style delicateness. This wine is bold and explosive. I truly enjoyed it and it was perfectly paired with our grilled rib-eye and roasted potato dinner. I would recommend this delicious French wine for those who prefer their wines dark, fruity and exciting.
I’ve saved the best for last, the price! An almost unbelievable $8.99. At this QPR [quality price ratio] I believe I will be going back for more.
Dating back to the Cathares, this wine estate in the very capable hands of Luc Rouvière and his family, has created a full bodied red wine that is superb in bag in box, or in bottle, as well as a newer Rosé that also exhibits a similar finesse.
This very pretty domaine, is a short drive from Bize Minervois on the road to Minerve and Saint Pons. The property dates back to Cathar and no doubt pre Roman times. It was once part of the lands of Fontfroide Abbey.
It comprises 26 hectares, with Vins de Pays d’Oc and AOC. The ground is clay and limestone and the vineyard grows the varieties of Syrah, Grenache, Mourvedre, Cinsault and Carignan.