Deep red color with garnet glints, strong and complex nose: notes of ripped red fruits, vanilla, liquorice, soft spices. Very well balanced in mouth: a strong and powerful first impression but with very soft tannins, a spicy and long finish, liquorice and ripped fruits, vanilla and few mentholated notes.
"The l’Hortus red 2007 Coteaux du Languedoc Pic Saint-Loup Bergerie Classique is – as usual for this cuvee – around 2:1 tank vinified Syrah-Grenache, with roughly 10% barrel-aged Mourvedre. Beautifully scented with ripe black fruits, marjoram, and rosemary, this offers an invigorating sense of attack and a refreshing palate of tart fresh black raspberry and cassis, underlain by grilled meats. There is a lovely, muscular leanness here, and this should perform admirably at table for several years. My notes refer to the first and smaller of two bottlings, but the unassembled components intended for the later bottling promised a result at least as impressive. For a similarly laudatory review of the 2006 Bergerie rouge, see issue 178."
The Wine Advocate