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Chateau La Dournie "La Dournie" 2014 Saint-Chinian

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Chateau La Dournie "La Dournie" 2014 Saint-Chinian
Vintage
2014
Region Saint-Chinian, north-west of Béziers
Colour/Style Dry red, aged in used oak barrels for 1 year
Grapes Grenache and Carignan from a single plot
Alcohol (a.b.v)
14.0%
Food Venison, beef, lamb, mushroom risotto
Next day 
Still excellent
Drink Now, or to 2025 and beyond
Although very young, this has a whiff of fine wine about it...... a veritable cornucopia of fresh and preserved red and black fruits burst forth from the glass, combined with all manner of herbal, floral, medicinal, tarry, earthy and savoury aromas. Freshly baked bread/brioche also gets a look in, not to mention a hint of the very finest eau de vie you can think of. Oh and just the *faintest* lick of (older) oak. A really complex, integrated and intoxicating wine, with oodles of spice-laden, garrigue-infused black cherry and bramble fruit on the palate, with rich, ripe tannins and a backbone of mouth-watering acidity. A rather well-known and respected wine writer and Languedoc expert described it as "reminiscent more of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, but not too heavy or alcoholic". Well I am here to tell you that the latter may be accurate, but the former is not. For although it may not be like your everyday Saint-Chinian, it does possess all of the vibrancy and elegance that the best wines from this (relatively cool-climate) region of Languedoc has to offer - and is therefore far more reminiscent of the wines of the northern Rhone. The more I drink it, the more I am falling for it's rich, sweet-sour, tangy-spicy-herby loveliness. A brilliant wine, which needs 5 to 8 years to really show its potential (tasted January 2018).