2014 Clos de l'Anhel "Les Terrassettes" Corbières

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Our dear friend and vigneron Sophie Guiraudon is always such a delight to visit. Her vineyards are in one of the higher altitude parts of Corbières. I met winemaker Sophie Guiraudon a while back 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. She adores Carignan as a grape variety and has become one of its great champions in the region. She also farms delicious Grenache, Syrah and a tiny amount of Mourvèdre. We call her the one-woman wrecking crew, as she farms, performs all of her organic treatments and makes the wines all by herself. She has such spirit and an exceptional eye for quality, she has become a distinctive voice in the region. The region is kind of a hodgepodge 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 destemmed prior to fermentation. The wine is lively with notes of 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, K&L French Regional Buyer)

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Staff Image By: David Othenin-Girard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/13/2016 | Send Email
While I love all three of the Anhel wines, the Terrassettes spoke to me as the best of the bunch to open today. Absolutely gorgeous texture and wild aromatics of blackberries, ripe red cassis, black pepper, and rock earth. Powerful and dense, but not heavy or overripe. A truly spectacular wine the feels effortlessly drinkable, while over delivering on complexity.

Staff Image By: Ivan Diaz | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/16/2016 | Send Email
L'Anhel's next step up is a more rustic offering that opens with aromas of black pepper, pipe tobacco, and roasted herbs, all of which follows through on the palate riding a tidal wave of big blackberry and cassis fruit flavors. This complex offering is deeply complex and continues to unravel as it breathes, offering hours of satisfyingly evolved flavor.

Staff Image By: Gary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/14/2016 | Send Email
Are you ready for French BBQ? Get your kebabs ready, stud that leg of lamb with garlic and make sure to have plenty of the Terrassettes from Clos De L'Anhel on hand. This is grippy, authentic, dark fruited big red wine with charming rustic, earthy complexity and the refreshing acidity to keep you coming back for more.

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Alcohol Content (%): 13.5