Domaine Combe Blanche Tempranillo 2015 IGP l'Hérault

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Domaine Combe Blanche Tempranillo 2015 IGP l'Hérault
Region Minervois
Colour/Style Dry red - full-bodied.
Grapes 100% Tempranillo
Alcohol (a.b.v)
Food Grilled peppered steak or lamb, duck, game, pasta
Next day 
As good
Drink Now, or over the next 3 to 5 years
Tempranillo is a genuine rarity in Languedoc, though I'm not sure why, for it makes lovely wines. This one is medium-deep red in colour with aromas of raspberry and loganberry, polished wood and damp earth - lovely and fresh, with a hint of citrus and very subtle savoury notes. The palate shows plenty of tannic grip, but plenty of fruit and acidity to match, with lashings of strawberry/raspberry compote flavours and a hint of creamy vanilla. There is no oak influence whatsoever, because it doesn't need dressing up, for this is a wine packed full of juicy, pepper and spice-laden fruit. As with the same grower's Pinot, this isn't trying to be anything else (and certainly not Rioja), for whilst it shows lots of Tempranillo character, it is proudly Languedocien in origin. Full-bodied, rounded and lovely - and ready to drink now.