Made from 100% Syrah, the 2014 Cotes du Roussillon Villages Lesquerde Rectificando Invenies (Ri) comes from yields of less than one ton per acre and was raised all in demi-muids. Hitting 13.9% natural alcohol, this inky colored beauty gives up lots of dark fruits, graphite, scrub brush and dried violet characteristics to go with a full-bodied, elegant, yet textured and even sexy style on the palate. There’s plenty of fine tannin hiding in here, but it’s enjoyable already and should hit the ground running. It will have 10-15 years of overall longevity.
A lithe red, displaying a minty aroma and floral notes to the complex, well-balanced and dense flavors of dark plum and cherry. Graphite and iron appear on the powerful finish, complemented by hints of smoke and paprika. Drink now through 2018. 150 cases made.
Cask sample. From Lesquerde. Very dark crimson. Much more exciting and tense than the Chapoutier Châteauneufs. Rich and racy. With real savour and sinew. Treacle-toffee flavours. Jancis Robinson
Deep, sustained, purplish highlights
Complex and intense; graphite with notes of ink, raspberry and cistus flower.
Delicate on entry, growing steadily denser, without aggressiveness, lovely tight tannins. Firm, long lingering, finish; superb violet and white pepper olfactory after-taste. With a combination of strength and delicacy, this wine gives us a true expression of its great granite terroir. ~homepage
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