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Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate (David Schildknecht) / Languedoc 2008

2011-06-30 Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

Hecht & Bannier’s 2008 Languedoc incorporates primarily Syrah and a bit of Carignan the Terrasses du Larzac; Syrah from Saint Chinian; and Grenache from the Agly Valley of Roussillon, a mix that held essentially constant for 2009. This is pungently redolent of garrigue and hedge flowers along with distilled essences of purple plum and black raspberry. Ripe but tart-edged dark berries intensely and confidently assert themselves on an infectiously juicy, bright yet glycerin-rich palate infused with piquant fruit pit, thyme, arbor vitae, rosemary, crushed stone, and mineral salts. « Francois and I were trying to make a Beaujolais from the South of France, » jokes Hecht, « ? Seriously, because we’re big fans of Beaujolais crus, and wanted to create something easy and fresh. » They went well beyond that mandate with this amazing value! But at 13% alcohol, it is certainly buoyant and all to easy-to-drink; and I detect an emerging note of rich beef marrow that I associate with, say, a top-notch Moulin-a-Vent. I suspect this will remain lovely for at least 3-4 more years, whatever its authors’ intentions. US$14