Domaine Combe Blanche La Chandeliere 2016 La Livinière

(Code: COMB/CHAN/16)
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Domaine Combe Blanche La Chandeliere 2016 La Livinière
Region Minervois La Liviniere, north-east of Carcassonne
Colour/Style Dry red - full bodied. 18 months in old oak barrels
Grapes 75% Syrah, 25% Grenache
Alcohol (a.b.v)
Food Fillet steak, roast beef or lamb, game
Next day 
Even better - takes a full day or more to open out
Drink Approachable now, but will evolve to 2030 and beyond
A blend of 75% Syrah and 25% Grenache, grown high up in the sun-drenched hills above the village of the same name, and aged for 18 months in old oak barrels. Whilst the label displays its 15% abv with pride, the wine in the bottle is beautifully balanced and - dare I say it - almost elegant. The nose is complex and expressive, offering dense aromas of black fruits, leather, mint, garrigue herbs and a hint of forest floor. Rich and beautifully ripe in the mouth, the combination of spiced bramble and plum flavours with those oh-so-fine tannins, ample acidity, a gentle herbiness and just a hint of warming eau de vie is a joy to behold, with a lingering, gently peppery-spicy finish. And despite its sheer drinkability in its youth, I have no hesitation (based on previous vintages going back to the mid-1990's) that this will age and evolve for a good 10 to 15 years or more. Drink it now or stick it in the cellar for a decade - the choice is yours!