Domaine Saint Sylvestre Rouge 2018 Languedoc

(Code: SYLV/ROUGE/18)
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Domaine Saint Sylvestre Rouge 2018 Languedoc
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
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Although I feel that vintage variations in Languedoc are generally less important than tends to be the case in other wine regions, each vintage of the Domaine Saint Sylvestre red is often quite different to the last. Some years are rich, warming and heady and need time to mellow and evolve, whereas others are - though not exactly shrinking violets - more immediately approachable and somewhat softer. The 2017 that preceded this is markedly robust, full-bodied wine - and ideally needs time - but this 2018 seems to have immediately found its stride. A delightful clear, bright, medium blood red colour, fading to a pale rim. It is very much at the red fruit end of the spectrum, offering raspberry, redcurrant and soused cherry aromas, with floral notes and hints of forest floor, old leather and burning incense. The palate is fresh, vibrant and and full of sweet-sour red fruit flavours - supremely balanced and elegant, with a backbone of very fine tannins and mouth-watering acidity. There's a touch of earthy minerality, a hint of herby/spicy savouriness and a long, minty, sour cherry finish. Another wonderful example of cool-climate Languedoc red wine - think "Burgundian" in style and texture, but with a touch of southern warmth for good measure.