2013ClosMarieMetairies2013 Clos Marie, Metairies du Clos, Vielles Vignes, Pic Saint Loup Rouge, Languedoc-Roussillon France.
Christophe Peyrus is one of the Languedoc’s finest winemakers and the all biodynamic Clos Marie is his estate in Pic Saint Loup, these are fantastic wines with depth of character, terroir and soul, especially good in the 2013 vintage is the Metairies du Clos. Made from mostly 60-100 year old vines, it is comprised of about 50% Carignan, 30% Grenache, 15% Syrah and 5% Cinsault making the Metairies du Clos a richly flavored and dark red with lots of brooding black fruit, firm tannins and spice. A third of the wine was aged in large cask with the main lot aged in used barrel, and while the oak helps smooth out the wine and adds nice textural feel, it imparts almost no influence in the taste leaving a dense and pure red upon which to admire, this is seriously sexy and powerful stuff! The color is intensely deep with a black/purple core and bright garnet edges, and the nose is full of violets, black fruit, mineral and peppery lavender leading to an impressive and full bodied palate showing bramble berry, black raspberry, plum, currant/cassis and kirsch along with black dusty licorice, flinty stones, minty garrigue with traces of peppercorns, cedar and blueberry skins. The Metairies du Clos has even more potential to improve in bottle, but it would be hard not to drink it now, best from 2017-2029, this is stunning wine, detailed, opulent and gripping, and it really comes alive with rustic and hearty cuisine!
($35 Est.) 93+ Points, grapelive

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