Wine of the Week: Ch. de LANCYRE Vieilles Vignes 2009

LancyreVVHaving drunk the excellent Lancyre Pic St. Loup Rosé again recently got me thinking about this old vine (Vieilles Vignes) Pic St. Loup – which is Ch. de Lancyre’s flagship wine. So I had a bottle. As a winemaking entity, Ch. de Lancyre goes back to 1550. It has been in the same family ownership since 1970 and has been making great wines since. with its location, elevation, and clay over limestone soils, Pic St. Loup is the top appellation in the Languedoc. Stylistically, Lancyre’s Pic St. Loup Vieilles Vignes splits the difference between a higher level Seguret or Gigondas wine and a Cote Rotie but at a price more like that of a fine Seguret. If you like a fine Rhone-style red, check out this winner.

Ch. de LANCYRE Vieilles Vignes, Pic St. Loup – Coteaux du Languedoc , 2009 ($19.94)
A blend of 65% Syrah with 35% Grenache (all grown on clay over limestone at over 2,000 feet of elevation) given a warm 21 day cuvaison. Vinified and aged entirely in stainless steel tanks.     Purple-red with well formed legs; dry, full-bodied with balanced acidity and medium-plus phenolics.  Bigger, chewier, more serious Languedoc red offering lots of juicy, classic darker red and some black fruit with lots of garrigue and sort of southern dustiness. Deep and satisfying. It was excellent when I first tasted in back in December of 2011 and it just keeps getting better. BearScore: 93.

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