AOC Terrasses du Larzac: Domaine de Montcalmès Rouge 2016
"The 2016 Terrasses Du Larzac from winemaker Frederic Pourtalie is up there with the 2010, and my money is on it being one of the finest cuvées to date. Revealing a ruby/purple hue as well as gorgeous notes of kirsch liqueur, wild fennel, garrigue, exotic spice, and pepper, it hits the palate with medium to full-bodied richness, a terrific core of sweet fruit, and ripe, silky tannins. It’s a hedonistic, beautifully balanced wine from the Languedoc to enjoy any time over the coming 7-8 years or more. 94/100."
Jeb Dunnuck - jebdunnuck.com
Another coveted addition to our burgeoning Languedoc stable, this neighbour of Grange des Pères was established 20 years ago and encapsulates the joy of this region - rich, sun-kissed reds with hints of the surrounding garrigue.
"One of my favorite estates in the Languedoc."
Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate.
"With a deep garnet robe and diverse aromas of dark cherries, saddle leather and wild garrigue herbs and berries this is clearly a fine vintage from an ascendant estate. The palate exhibits a wealth of ripe black stone fruit with peppery undertones and a firm structure of tannins that will support (at least) a decade’s bottle age. 17.5/20."
Jason Yapp, September 2019.
|Style||Red Wine, Sec, Full-bodied, Non Sparkling|
|Wine Region||Languedoc, Hérault|
|Grape Variety (Cépage)||Grenache, Mourvèdre, Syrah|
|Vinification||Low yielding (20-25hl/ha) vines are vinified by individual grape variety using natural yeasts and undergo a 30-day maceration, prior to a 24 month élévage in used oak barrels. The components are blended 2 months before being bottled without filtration under a waning moon.|
|Alcohol By Volume (%)||14.5|
Domaine de Montcalmès
Frédéric Pourtalié and his father decided to create this estate in the hamlet of Montcalmès on the edge of the Massif Central, 30km north-west of Montpellier in 1998, a decade after neighbour Grange des Pères (with whom Frédéric trained, as well as chez Alain Graillot).
These days they produce only 4,000 cases from 22 hectares across four communes of the Terrasses de Larzac appellation - Puéchabon, Aniane, St Jean de Fos and St Saturnin de Lucian. Syrah and Grenache vines are planted on north-facing limestone soils, while the Mourvèdre faces south on pudding stones. The estate began a transition to organic farming in 2012 and the 2015 vintage will be certified as such.View more wines from this producer...