2013 Clos de l'Anhel "Les Terrassettes" Corbieres

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I met winemaker Sophie Guiraudon this past winter at the organic wine fair Millesime Bio. It's an annual event where organic winemakers from all over the world gather to show their wines. I tasted with her and was immediately smitten with the quality of the wines. I made an appointment to visit her winery right after the fair ended. Sophie is a one woman show farming 25 acres of vines while running her humble facility in Corbieres. The region is kind of a hodge podge of soil types but Sophie's vines are planted on silty clay-limestone. Her "Les Terrassettes" is a blend of 65% Carignan, 25% Syrah, 6% Grenache and 4% Mourvèdre. Everything is hand harvested and de-stemmed prior to fermentation. The wine is lively with black raspberry, roasted plum, allspice and garrigue. It is medium full, fresh and expressive. It catches what can be done in the region with a fine hand behind the winemaking. Pair this lovely wine with grilled game birds like quail or squab. Duck would be great too. Maybe a little lamb if you feel up for it. (Keith Mabry, French Regional Buyer)

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Staff Image By: Illya Haase | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/1/2016 | Send Email
We were lucky enough to have Sophie come in and pour her wines. The Clos de l'Anhel "Les Terrassettes" Corbieres was a stand out for me. Organically farmed Carignan really pops in the glass. Carignan is very susceptible to powdery mildew. For this reason, organic Carignan is extremely rare. So, how lucky we found this incredible winemaker. Its fruit-forward red fruit and baking spice flavors all in balance. This is the perfect spring time wine that can handle a variety of meat and cheese. Enjoy! I know I do!

Staff Image By: Diana Turk | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/4/2016 | Send Email
My favorite in the Clos de L’Anhel lineup, Les Terrasettes is an incredibly versatile (holiday) wine that impresses with beautiful earthiness, rusticity, and bright fruit. It’s complex enough for the sophisticated but still wows a crowd. Plus it's organic and a killer price! I took a bottle to a dinner party and what started out as a slightly confusing pick “Where’s Corbieres? What’s Carignan like?” turned to adoration by the end of the night (“This is delicious! So interesting! Only gets better with air!”). The fact that winemaker Sophie Guiraudon runs the whole show, thoughtfully farming 25 acres on clay limestone soil, just adds to the appeal of this high quality, value-oriented stunner.

Staff Image By: Daniel Maas | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/29/2015 | Send Email
Do you feel like every time you've walked into the store lately its because of some ridiculous value from Southern France? You probably have - and this bottling from Clos De L'Anhel in Corbieres perfectly sums up why! A complex blend of 65% Carignan, 25% Syrah, 6% Grenache and 4% Mourvèdre, this is a sumptuous wine of blackberry, currant, and plum. Absolutely gorgeous!

Staff Image By: David Othenin-Girard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/15/2015 | Send Email
As with the entry level offering, Clos De L'Anhel is seriously one of the most exciting finds in Languedoc we've had for many years. Wines made with incredible thoughtfulness and finesse, they walk that incredibly thin line between earthy complexity, and open fruity richness. The Terrassettes shows more meaty funkiness than it's entry level sibling, but stays lifted with a great herbal/garrigue quality, and well structured backbone. Not hard or tannic, but screaming for air. DECANT DECANT DECANT!

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Alcohol Content (%): 13.5