Wine Value of the Day
By Kerry Winslow
2008 Chateau La Roque Pic St.-Loup Vieilles Vignes Mourvedre, Coteaux-du-Languedoc Red, France.
This is a wine to search out if you are interested Mourvedre or love the wines of either Chateauneuf-du-Pape or Bandol as it offers that kind of pleasure and delight for an unreal bargain price, in fact in some vintages it can proof to be better than it’s most famous rivals with this grape. Even in what proved to be a tough and frought year for the Rhone, this 2008 offers glorious flavors and is a total joy to drink. Cyriaque Rozier send he pushed it to the limit waiting for these grapes to ripen, but the results speak for themselves with rich layers and sweet tannins this is a serious wine that has all the right stuff, deep color, good structure, a light spicy note, interesting mineral tones and elegant length. The nose has dried flowers, cassis and earthy meatiness with a vivid palate of blue, black and red fruits, pepper, baked stones and lavender essence. Not as heavy or grippy as the 2007, but darn near as tasty if not more so, enjoy over the next 3 years.
($18 Est.) 93 Points, grapelive
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