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2015 L’Esprit de Château Pennautier Cabardès, Languedoc


Rating: 90/100

This Languedoc pink by Lorgeril, produced on their Chateau de Pennautier property within the small Cabardès appellation close to Carcassonne, is a mix of 60 % Syrah and 40 % Merlot.

Every grape selection was vinified individually, earlier than an ageing of 12 to 18 months in French oak barrel.

Tasting Notes

This Languedoc pink is available in a fairly darkish pink colour, with a really darkish pink to the core and a vibrant clear darkish pink and purple hues to the rim.

The nostril is aromatic and vibrant as effectively, dominated by ripe pink berry notes, but contemporary ones. Raspberry and blackberry clearly come to thoughts because the dominant fragrant options, whereas lifted mintiness and white pepper spiciness add some thrilling piquancy to the odor.

Some candy spices, clove, nutmeg, in addition to hints of vanilla and caramel, an total sense of well-integrated oakiness present a tempting sweetening depth.

Put the wine in your mouth, and it satisfies with a lot smoothness, velvety and comparatively mushy tannins coat your style buds, whereas an oily physique present additional richness to the feel. That is backed up opulent plum, jammy peach, and combined berry jam flavors. Punchy and spicy on the flavors, but not overly highly effective, retaining a way of magnificence.

From the mid-palate on, a crisp acidity kicks in, delivering a way of fruity freshness, and making the pink berry taste style brisker and fewer cooked. It comes additionally, surprisingly, with a burst of warming alcohol, for an explosion of many layers of flavors to the end: mint, pepper, berry jam, smoky oak and darkish cocoa, all making for a moderately lengthy and sophisticated end.

General

A strong Languedoc wine, mushy and clean at first, but surprisingly vibrant from a crisp acidity.

The general focus in tannins, acidity, alcohol and aromas is the standout characteristic, along with a really attention-grabbing spectrum of flavors and aromas.

When to Drink?

Give the wine 2-Three years to succeed in additional steadiness and magnificence, and mood what already seems like a well-made, intriguing and characterful wine.

Take pleasure in 🙂

Julien Miquel

L’Esprit de Château Pennautier Label Photographs

2015 Lorgeril Chateau de Pennautier Terroirs d’Altitude Cabardès, Languedoc

Score: 91/100

This Languedoc red by Lorgeril, produced on their Chateau de Pennautier estate in the small Cabardès appellation near Carcassonne, is a blend of Cabernet Franc 10%, Cabernet Sauvignon 25%, Merlot 20%, Cot 5%, Syrah 30%, and Grenache 10%.

Each grape variety was vinified separately, before an ageing of 14 months in French oak barrel, half of which were new and half used (1 to 3 years).

Tasting Notes

This Languedoc red comes in a pretty dark red color, that makes itself noticed for its intensity as soon as you pour the wine into your glass. Very dark to the core, and vibrant red to the rim, perhaps with hints of purple.

The nose feels, at first, both deep and lively. Lively fruity ripe red berry notes of blackberry and blackcurrant, augmented and freshened up by raspberry notes. These fresh fruit aromas are almost dominant to the nose, although they are nearly matched by tone of earthiness, like clay, some forest flour character, as well as earthy black pepper spices.

The palate throws pungent and surprising flavors of mint at first, followed by a big burst of punchy ripe and jammy red barriers, strawberry jam mixed with raspberry and blackberry coulis. Significant depth and complexity are brought in seriously as well, through a myriad of spicy peppery notes, both green and black pepper, but also nutmeg and clove, some cardamom too. A sense of sweetness backing up the fruit is also provided by subtle oaky notes of vanilla and sweet caramel.

Dry the wine is, with a sense of savoriness overall, to the finish especially, together with ashy tones. But tannins are quite dense and smooth, and accompanied by a solid body, although controlled and balanced for powerful yet pleasant whole that feels quite elegant.

Overall

A very well made red wine, balanced, powerful and characterful, delivering very precise and clean/clear flavors of fruit, with a wealth of food-friendly savoriness from clovy and peppery spices. Generous, dry, opulent yet controlled all at the same time, this young wine pleases and surprises by the precise expression of its own terroir it holds.

A young wine it feels likes. Although pleasing already, the slightly edgy tannins will benefit from a year in bottle, and it built-in complexity that resides in this Cabardès red should amplify and benefit from a 1 to 5 years cellaring.

Enjoy 🙂

Julien Miquel

Chateau de Pennautier Cabardès Label Images