2014 La Grange "Castalides Reserve" Coteaux de Languedoc

SKU #1355095

A long established winery, Domaine La Grange is a big supporter of biodynamic farming, and sustains a great diversity of plant and animal life in their vineyards. In particular, the Mas de Couy vineyard, from which this Reserve wine comes, is home to rosemary, thyme, wild gorse, olive trees, and quite a few critters. This little plot is situated perfectly for Grenache and Mourvedre, the classic Languedoc varietals, to grow in the warm Mediterranean climate. The plot is hedged by Garrigue woodlands, and cooled by breezes from the nearby Cevennes mountain range. The vines themselves are over 50 years old, and have had plenty of time to assimilate the influence of the soils into their low-yields. The winemaking is clean and guided, but doesn't attempt to overpower what is essentially already very expressive fruit. The resultant wine is full-bodied, unctuous, and subtly spiced. You really do get hints of the wild herbs and great mineral depth coming from the soil in this unique vineyard. There's an excellent savory quality that is derived purely from the old vine character, and the whole is loaded with bright expressive berry fruit.

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