Two wines from Pic Saint Loup
My friend Dan invited me to celebrate his birthday by having a wine dinner together on THU. He is a big fan of wines from Languedoc, so it was only natural for him to bring these wines, from one of the most acclaimed Grand Cru of the region: Pic Saint Loup, to the restaurant to enjoy with the meal.
2007 Clos Marie Metairies du Clos Vieilles Vignes
The wine is a blend of Grenache, Carignan, Cinsault from 50 years old vines and a small part of Syrah from 20 years old vines. 13.5% alc
There is an opaque purple color similar to an Argentinian Malbec. The nose is youthful and developing, surprisingly beefy, with intense aromas of spices, dark fruits jam and cocoa. There is an unusual pleasant earthy-leathery aroma that probably comes from the Cinsault. It is medium to full body in the mouth, a round and silky mouth-feel, great balance showing mineral and earthy flavors mixed with floral and black fruits aromas. The finish is medium plus long with a leathery-mineral aftertaste. The wine has a great drink-ability and goes perfectly with food. 90 points
2005 Chateau de Cazeneuve Sang du calvaire
I tasted this wine in January this year last and I remember liking it more back then. Compared to the previous younger wine, the Sang du calvaire seems heavy and hard to drink. Predominantly Mourvedre based wine and aged for 18 months in French oak. 13.5% alc
The color is dark ruby red. The nose is developed and very sweet, spicy, dominated by candied mint, red fruits and licorice. The oak is still on the front side. A medium bodied wine, with sweet but firm tannins – more apparent compared to the first wine, with dominating mint mixed with red fruits, spices and oak. The finish is medium plus long leaving a slightly bitter dark chocolaty aftertaste. 89 points
I did enjoy the 2007 Metairies du clos more for being more easy going to drink. What is even more interesting is that the 2005 Cazeneuve is almost two times more expensive than the younger wine.
Happy birthday Dan and all the best !
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