1996 Clos Marie "Les Glorieuses" Pic Saint-Loup

SKU #1410385 92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Why can't wines such as this be made in 15,000-20,000 case quantities? This is a limited production (about 100 cases) cuvee produced exclusively for the American importer. A blend of 80% Syrah and 20% Grenache, and aged 18 months in small barrels, of which 45% were new, it is a superb, explosively rich, opaque purple-colored wine with a knock-out nose of blackberry liqueur intermixed with floral notes, toast, anise, and dried herbs. Full-bodied and marvelously concentrated, with well-integrated acidity and tannin, this dazzling wine demonstrates the heights that can be achieved in selected terroirs of the Languedoc-Roussillon. (RP)  (6/1999)


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Varietal:

Grenache

- Fat, ripe and rich with ample fruit and vibrant acidity, wines made from Grenache are easy to love. While its origins are still under dispute - some suggest Spain, where it is called Garnacha, while others say it came first from Sardinia, where it is called Cannonau - it is inarguably one of the most planted varietals in the world. A hearty grape, Grenache does well in hot, dry regions and its sturdy stalk also makes it well-suited to withstand blustery conditions like the Provençal Mistral. It ripens at relatively high sugar levels, which translates to higher potential alcohol in the wines it produces. Grenache may be most famous in the Southern Rhône areas such as Châteauneuf-du-Pape and Gigondas where it has long been an important component of delicious blends. But it's also the source of the crisp rosés from Tavel, Lirac and Provence, and age-worthy vins doux naturels like Rivsaltes and Banyuls. Grenache is also found in large swaths of northeastern Spain, in Navarre, in Rioja, where it plays a supporting role in blends with Tempranillo, and in the distinctive wines of Priorat. The grape was once the most widely planted varietal in Australia, though Shiraz and Cabernet have overtaken it. In California, Grenache plantings have dwindled from their heyday in the San Joaquin Valley, but it is starting to see a resurgence, albeit in smaller plantings, where other Rhône varietals thrive.
Country:

France

- 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.
Sub-Region:

Languedoc-Roussillon