More fresh, lively and complex, yet without as much depth or richness, the 2011 Saint Chinian is another beautiful wine from this producer. Ripe cherries, blackberry, sappy flowers and garrigue-like aromas and flavors define the bouquet here, and it’s medium-bodied, fresh and lithe on the palate, with juicy acidity and a clean finish. It will drink nicely for 4-5 years.
This was a superb lineup from Gregory Hecht and Francois Bannier. The wines show distinctive personalities as well as solid underlying structures. They also represent excellent values.