Domaine Saint Sylvestre Rouge 2014 Terrasses du Larzac

(Code: SYLV/ROUGE/14)
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Domaine Saint Sylvestre Rouge 2014 Terrasses du Larzac
Region Terrasses du Larzac, 25 km north-west of Montpellier
Colour/Style Dry red - full bodied, aged in barrel for 24 months
Grapes 70% Syrah, 20% Grenache, 10% Mourvedre
Alcohol (a.b.v)
Food Grilled or roasted red meats, game, charcuterie
Next day 
Even better
Drink Can be drunk now, but will age to 2024 and beyond
A clear, bright, translucent cherry/blood red colour. The nose is massively complex, intoxicating and suggestive of a very fine wine, offering an initial whiff of freshly-baked bread, followed by aromas of black cherry, bramble, curry spices, coffee grounds, sous bois and fine eau de vie. The palate is all about restrained power - quite rich and ripe and laden with peppery-spicy red and black fruit flavours and grippy but ripe tannins. But all of this richness is balanced by an abundance of orange peel/cherry kernel acidity and tangy, saline minerality, with myriad secondary notes of forest floor, a certain herby/meaty savouriness and a long, lingering, spicy/minty finish. All-in-all, this is the finest vintage yet of Saint Sylvestre's red - and whilst lovely to drink now (and even better after a day or two in the decanter), it will age and evolve for a further 5-10 years. A fabulous wine.