Domaine Turner Pageot G230 2015 Vin de France

(Code: TURN/G230/15)
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Domaine Turner Pageot G230 2015 Vin de France
Region Gabian, north of Pézenas
Colour/Style Dry red, medium/full-bodied, aged 1 year in oak barrels
Grapes 100% Grenache
Alcohol (a.b.v)
Food Beef, game, duck, liver
Next day 
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Drink 2018-2030
It's Grenache, Jim, but not as we know it. Unlike B815 (above), which is grown on limestone soil, this is grown on schiste - the same terroir as nearby Faugères. And the difference between the two cuvées is remarkable - this is lighter in colour, even more elegant and really rather Burgundian in both structure and (dare I say it?) flavour profile. Red cherry, redcurrant and wild strawberry aromas and flavours are augmented by notes of soft spices, tobacco, polished old wood and a hint of orange peel. With subtle gamey, earthy and high notes, it really is very complex and elegant - medium/full rather than big-bodied, with fine, lapsang tea-like tannins, plenty of mouth-watering orange/lime/cherry acidity and a very long, spicy/minty finish. All-in-all, this is an utterly lovely wine, which serves to underline winemaker Emmanuel Pageot's assertion that Grenache is - or is at least capable of being - the "Pinot of the Languedoc". An utterly gorgeous wine. Certified organic and biodynamic.