Saint-Chinian: Château Milhau-Lacugue 'Les Truffières' 2014
Ever on the lookout for mature parcels of red wines outside of the classic regions, we snaffled half a pallet of this terrific 2014 on our last visit to 'le Sud'. It offers a rare glimpse into how unfashionable AOCs in unheralded vintages can deliver unparalleled bargains.
Unmistakably a Mediterranean red, this rich, hedonistic blend of Syrah and Grenache from the Hérault is an ideal match for simple, hearty cuisine.
Vines have flourished here since Roman times, and the site of the Château was a resting place on the medieval pilgrim's route of St Jacques de Compostela. The 'Les Truffières' Saint-Chinian has the appearance of a claret, but has that opulent, exotic warmth of the south with scents of black olives and the garrigue ('...like a lusty Pomerol more than a rustic Gigondas').
|Style||Red Wine, Sec, Full-bodied, Non Sparkling|
|Wine Region||Languedoc, Saint-Chinian|
|Grape Variety (Cépage)||Grenache Noir, Syrah|
|Food & Wine Matching||Beef, Casserole, Chicken and Turkey, Lamb, Mushrooms, Pork|
|Cellarage||Drink 2016 to 2024.|
|Vinification||Grapes are de-stemmed prior to a 3 week cuvaison. The finished wine is matured in tanks and large oak barrels for 18 months prior to bottling.|
|Alcohol By Volume (%)||13.5|
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.
View more wines from this producer...