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How Good is Borie Blanche Terroirs d’Altitude Minervois?


Wine Evaluation of 2015 Lorgeril Domaine de la Borie Blanche Minervois La Livinière Rouge, Languedoc, France

Rating: 91/100

Nicolas and Miren de Lorgeril, pioneers of the Cabardès AOC in Southern France’s Languedoc wine area, have had a ardour for this different “piedmont” of the Montagne Noire the place the Mediterranean affect combines with the cooling breezes from the inland Causse (pure non-cultivated landscapes, or garrigue).

In 1999, the winemaking couple fulfilled a dream by buying Domaine de la Borie Blanche within the coronary heart of the Minervois.

Since then they’ve labored exhausting to deliver the very best out of this terroir and to reclaim the Causse, planting vines on very good, beforehand deserted schist plots within the coronary heart of the garrigue.

This Minervois La Livinière from Domaine de la Borie Blanche, a part of the Terroirs d’Altitude sequence, is a mix Syrah grown on schist (50%), Syrah vinified utilizing the carbonic maceration approach (similar winemaking course of as for Beaujolais Nouveau wine, for 20% of the whole mix), a 10% Grenache and 20% Mourvèdre.

Lengthy vinification (20-35 days) in French oak vats (5000 liters),  with common pump overs, earlier than an ageing for 50% in French oak barrels and 50% in vats.

Tasting Notes

This Languedoc crimson is available in a darkish crimson colour certainly, practically black to the core, you possibly can hardly see via, and with a darkish but vibrant crimson colour to the rim, neither developed nor notably youthful.

The nostril is one in every of a younger wine although. Understandably, this IS a younger wine, judging by the label of the pattern that was despatched to me, this was an early pattern ready particularly for me. Though it is a 2015, I’m tasting it form of en primeur right here, earlier than launch in the marketplace a minimum of.

It does odor like a younger wine certainly, within the sense that it’s nonetheless fairly introvert, and clearly on the restrained fruity aspect of issues. Ripe blackberry and blended berry jam are there, barely shy nonetheless at this stage.

But, the nostril feels warming and welcoming, full of a great deal of beneficiant fruit character and spices, peppery notes in addition to comforting candy spices.

A smooth and oily palate options smooth tannins on a velvety texture, hovering round a candy/bitter sensation, between fruit, clovy spice and oaky caramel vanilla notes, lifted by smoky scents.

Total

A beneficiant Languedoc wine, stuffed with character and contrasts, between ripe fruit generosity, ripe crimson berry, warming jammy notes and cooked fruit, loads of genuine spicy character, and nicely managed oak.

A exact winemaking creation, reflecting and respecting its terroir.

Get pleasure from 🙂

Julien Miquel

Dom. Borie Blanche Minervois La Livinière Label Pictures

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