Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate (David Schildknecht) / Languedoc 2010

2011-06-30 Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

For their 2010 Languedoc, Hecht and Bannier introduced into the mix of sources that informed their 2008 and 2009 some additional Carignan from Corbieres and some Cinsault from Saint-Chinian, which has no doubt helped underscore the fortes of this vintage, namely the preservation of fresh fruit liveliness and the showcasing of mineral elements, yet against a background of rich ripeness. Indeed, insofar as 2010 combines the best of 2009 and 2008 this is a perfect example. Some of the density and borderline confitured character of the 2009 is allied to saline and stony minerality and cooling, minty herbal inflections (less the more-typical pungent garrigue) for a vibrant, vivacious, lip-smacking finish of a sort one can only be amazed at and grateful for in a wine of this price. And since this will be in tank for nearly another year before bottling not to mention – as the 2007 and 2008 versions of Hecht & Bannier’s “basic” wine have demonstrated – that one can even expect improvement in bottle, this will be another must-have everyday red. US$14