Le Cirque Rouge 2014
|Region||France, Languedoc-Roussillon, Cotes Catalanes|
Given the difficulty in the vintage, I was shocked at the quality of the 2014 IGP Cotes Catalanes and it's a beautiful wine. Made from 60% Grenache, 20% Carignan and 20% Syrah, it has medium to full-bodied richness to go with ample darker berry fruits, crushed herbs and pepper on the nose and palate. From 50+-year-old vines and tiny yields on the order of two tons per acre, it's a no-brainer and will drink nicely for 2-3 years.
Boysenberry and muddled plum notes have a savory spice and leafy undertone framed by moderate, supple tannins in this open-knit red. Tangy finish. Drink now. 33,300 cases made.