Saint-Chinian: Château Milhau-Lacugue 'Cuvée Magali' 2018
If one were looking for a wine that exemplifies how the Languedoc offers terrific quality at modest prices this would silence any sceptics! Blended from Southern staples Syrah, Grenache Noir, Cinsault and Mourvèdre this Saint-Chinian wine has a fresh, lip-smacking finish that guarantees you'll want to take another sip.
Vines have flourished here in Saint-Chinian since Roman times, and the site of the Château was a resting place on the medieval pilgrim's route of St Jacques de Compostela. Jean Lacugue farms the family 120 hectare estate, half of which is under vine.
Although not as complex and rich as its senior sibling, Les Truffières, the Cuvée Magali is a youthful and accessible wine with a wealth of bright, berry fruit with peppery undertones. The blend varies slightly from vintage to vintage, currently it is composed of 48% Syrah, 23% Grenache Noir, 19% Cinsault and 10% Mourvèdre.
|Style||Red Wine, Sec, Full-bodied, Non Sparkling|
|Wine Region||Languedoc, Saint-Chinian|
|Grape Variety (Cépage)||Cinsault, Grenache Noir, Mourvèdre, Syrah|
|Food & Wine Matching||Casserole, Mushrooms, Pasta|
|Cellarage||Drink 2020 to 2025.|
|Vinification||Grapes are de-stemmed prior to a 3 week cuvaison. The finished wine is matured in tank for 18 months prior to bottling.|
|Alcohol By Volume (%)||14|
One of our most exciting recent wine discoveries has been the Saint-Chinian made by Jean Lacugue at his Château Milhau-Lacugue, 12 kilometres West of Béziers, at Puisserguier. Jean has 60 hectares of vines which are south-east facing on limestone hills surrounded by olive groves. Terrific light levels and a long, sunny growing season ensure phenolic ripeness at the time of harvesting for this up-and-coming estate in a seriously underrated and therefore great value appellation.
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Saint-Chinian: Château Milhau-Lacugue 'Cuvée Magali' - Yapp Brothers One Minute Review
Jason Yapp reviews the Saint-Chinian 'Cuvée Magali' from Château Milhau-Lacugue, a superb example of the great value wines to be found in the Languedoc. A rich versatile wine ideal with food, drinking well now.Yapp Brothers Videos