2013 Villa Symposia "Equilibre" Languedoc Rouge
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2013 Languedoc Equilibre is a blend of Syrah, Carignan and Grenache that offers a fresh, lively and medium-bodied profile to go with impressive berry fruit, licorice and floral characteristics. Aged mostly in foudre, yet with a tiny percentage in 1 and 2-year-old barrels, it has juicy acidity, good overall balance and a hard to resist profile. (JD)
This supple, full-bodied red layers dried plum, kirsch and milk chocolate notes accented with tobacco leaf and herbal flavors. Smooth tannins surround the sweet spice and floral finish. (GS, Web-2016)
Villa Symposia was founded in 2003, after Bordeaux vigneron Eric Prissette was passing through the Languedoc and fell in love with the region. He stopped at Aspiran, a small village north of Pezenas, where the Clairette (white varietal) dominates. After some research on the land, he felt there was a great opportunity to develop red wines. He acquired several plots of Syrah, Carignan and Grenache, started building a cellar and gave a name to this area. In late 2007, Eric decided to partner with Jean Pierre Lebaindre. Today they are still working on finding the best practices to produce great wines according to this specific terroir. Their goal is to develop deep and rich wines, with respect for the authentic Languedoc. The Equilibre is a blend of 55% Syrah, 35% Carignan, 5% Grenache and 5% Mourvèdre. It is from 30 year old vines planted on a mix of clay-limestone and gravel soils. The wine is aged for 9 to 10 months in used barrels and the Carignan is aged all in stainless steel.