Deep ruby color. Highly aromatic with black fruit aromas (black cherry and black currant) and undertones of dark chocolate, white pepper and eucalyptus. Explosive black berry and black plum flavors with perfectly matched, elegant tannins that give the wine a long, lasting aftertaste. Full bodied and rich. A treat to drink now and will age well for 7-10 years.
The Wine AdvocateAlthough these wines are normally reviewed by my colleagues David Schildknect in his Languedoc-Roussillon and Alsace reports and Lisa Perrotti-Brown in her reviews of Australian wines, I tasted them during my visit with Chapoutier, so I will include them in this report as they are of high quality and merit attention.
Wine & SpiritsThis site within the Malakoff Vineyard, planted by Michel Chapoutier and Doug Fletcher (of Terlato Wines) in 1998, produces scant yields of one ton per acre. Planted on an east-facing slope of the Pyrenees, the vineyard produced a cool, umami-rich shiraz in 2011. More a food than a wine, this focuses on meaty, gamey scents of pork broth, mushrooms, tomato skin and peppery spice. It leaves the mouth feeling clean and bright, ready to enliven pigeon or partridge braised with wild mushrooms.
Wine SpectatorSleek and lively with acidity, this red is restrained overall, spreading its flavors of plum, black olive and sweet leather over a fine-grained frame, lilting on the finish.
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