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Agly Brothers B Cotes-du-Roussillon Villages 2006

Agly Brothers B Cotes-du-Roussillon Villages 2006

Rhone Red Blends from Languedoc-Roussillon, France

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Item No. 114375
  • WS91
  • RP90
Alcohol By Volume: 14.5%

Alcohol By Volume Guide

  • 10%
  • 16+%
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.

Winemaker's Notes

Agly Brothers is a traditional and generous red blend comprised of Carignan, Shiraz and Grenache from 8 acres of old bush vines planted in hard schist soils in the early 1900s. The grapes are hand-picked, with fermentation carried out in small, cement tanks. Soft punch down is practiced for better fruit extraction, while seasoned French oak adds subtle spice. In limited quantities, a must have for wine enthusiasts.

Agly Brothers is nurtured biodynamically and made with simplicity from vines grown in the Southern French town of Latour de France, located in Corbières zone in the hills above the Roussillon plains. Literally translated as ‘The Tower of France', this small village borders the ancient kingdoms of Catalonia and France. Mature vineyards lay abandoned in this area of steep, arid slopes due to the high cost of farming, thus it is the quest of the Laughton and Chapoutier families to rediscover and fully express these exceptional, low-yielding sites. This wine is the beginning of that quest.

Critical Acclaim

"A full-bodied, muscular red that's filled with plenty of kirschlike flavors and plenty of rich smoke and spice. The ripe finish features dark chocolate, fig and ink notes. A good choice for roasted meats. Drink now through 2013. 50 cases imported."
91 Points

"The Agly Brothers 2006 Cotes du Roussillon smells brashly of ripe blackberries, toasted nuts, wood smoke, and leather. A soy-like saline savor reinforces the carnal and leathery side of the wine on palate, while deep black fruits tinged with pepper and herbs segue into quite evident, slightly grainy tannins. With the sort of energetic finish that characterizes so many of Chapoutier’s Roussillon wines, this promises to be worth following for at least 4-6 years, although it must be pointed out that the project’s originators have their sights set on twice that many."
90 Points

Learn About Agly Brothers

A chance meeting in the mid-nineties sealed a certain fate for two great winemaking families of modern times - the Laughtons of Heathcote, Victoria, and the Chapoutiers of the Rhone Valley, France. Ron Laughton and Michel Chapoutier, both passionate winemakers with a belief in biodynamic farming and its potential to express pure terroir, found they shared a common vision: to...

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Learn About Languedoc-Roussillon

(LAHN-guh-dock) (ROO-see-yohn) For being in a country that is known for wine regulations, the Languedoc enjoys a great amount of freedom in its winemaking. With over 700,000 acres under vine, some of the most exciting and best value wines of are coming from this enormous and diverse wine region. Some refer to it as the new world of France. The region stretches along the land...

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Learn About Rhone Red Blends

The Rhone region of France has a delightful selection of red varieties. There are 22 grapes allowed in the Rhone AOC, about half of them red. Most of these varieties are used as secondary blending partners, often comprising less than 10% of the blend. The primary red players of Rhone blends are Syrah, Grenache and Mourvedre. Most wines from the Southern Rhone use Grenache as their...

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