2015 Domaine du Somail "Vin de Plume" Minervois

SKU #1368703 91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Readers looking for a terrific value from the Languedoc need to latch onto a few bottles of the 2015 Minervois Vin de Plum. Made from 80% Mourvèdre and 20% Syrah, aged two years in French oak, it offers terrific notes of liquid blackberries, plums, violets and singed leather. Deep, rich, concentrated, yet beautifully textured, with lots of minerality on the finish, this beauty should be at its best from 2018-2025+. (JD) 91+  (4/2017)

Wine Spectator

 This full-bodied red is supple, with plenty of garrigue and pink peppercorn notes cloaking the cherry, dried raspberry and plum fruit. Offers a smoky, mineral-tinged finish. Firm tannins. Drink now. 1,600 cases made. (GS, web only, 2017)

K&L Notes

Domaine du Somail lies in the eastern part of Minervois nestled in the slopes of the Montagne Noir. The primarily limestone and clay soils provide the perfect environment for this 80% Mourvedre, 20% Syrah blend. Farming biodynamically, soon to be Demeter certified, all grapes are hand-harvested and fermented in concrete tanks. Maturation is done in primraily used barrique and bottled with minimal SO2. The "Vin de Plume" captures the essence of the rustic region with its notes of spice, garrigue and black fruit. A great pairing for charcuterie and grilled meats.

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By: Keith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/1/2018 | Send Email
Minervois is about as close to the feel of an old California ghost town as you might see in the south of France. The region is dry, warm and surrounded by scrubby bushes. The rolling hills and mountains in the background give way to fruit that has intensity and power. It almost looks desolate in some places. Syrah and Mourvedre have become some of the most popular grapes in the region as they are well suited to its climate. Domaine du Somail is a relatively new producer that has quickly moved into the spotlight for their non-intervention wine making style creating wines that beautifully reflect the region. Based on Mourvedre, the "Vin de Plume" has a beautiful meatiness that reminds you a bit of a baby Bandol. The Syrah adds depth of fruit and some spiciness making this a terrific food pairing wine. This is great with stewed bean dishes, classic pork pates and smoked duck breast.

By: Joe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/17/2018 | Send Email
Dark fruited berry aromas show a marked pungency as well. Lots of rich fruit on the front palate is balanced out by a savory, rustic quality and abundant tannins, towards the finish. A countrified, southern French throwback with loads of character!

By: Greg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/17/2018 | Send Email
The nose of this wine is bold, hints of sauvage with a bit of gamey character, it seems like a walk in the forest full of scents. On the palate the wine is broad, full and very spicy it has an almost cidery zing to it coupled with worn leather and earth. The wine has a tannic signature, bold but in check that gives you a real mouthful. If you’re a fan of rustic, bold, country styled wines this one’s for you. I’d try it with roast duck, wild venison or perhaps best would be a cassoulet.
Drink from 2018 to 2020

By: Stefanie Juelsgaard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/17/2018 | Send Email
Deep purple/black fruits and peppery spice are the stand-outs here. The 20% Syrah adds richness and depth and the 80% Mouvedre gives depth and structure. There is a lot of wine here for the price. A unique wine from a unique region that is screaming for rustic French cuisine.

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- Also called Monastrell and Mataro, Mourvèdre is most famous for the ruby-hued wines of Provence's Bandol region, known for their spicy, gamey, blackberry character, though the grape is grown throughout Provence and the Southern Rhône. Thought to have originated in Spain, it is second only to Grenache in vine acres, with the best examples found in Rioja, Alicante and Penedès.


- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them.


Alcohol Content (%): 13