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2019 Corbières Domaine Faillenc Sainte-Marie

2019 Corbières Domaine Faillenc Sainte-Marie

Domaine Faillenc Sainte-Marie is a small property, with eight hectares of vineyards stubbornly clinging to the rocky foothills of Mont Alaric near Douzens, Corbières, Languedoc, France. The terroir is that of inhospitable, rocky limestone terraces, buffeted by the northwesterly Tramontane wind or the southerly Autan breezes coming off the nearby Mediterranean. Only olive trees, scraggly brush and, yes, grapevines survive under the harsh, dry conditions. Yields are naturally low. The harvest is only partially destemmed before going into the fermentation tanks. The different cépages are fermented together and benefit from a long maceration period to extract the maximum of flavor. The resulting wine is, well, not necessarily for those who prefer them more straight of lace. Importer Neil Rosenthal says "this is a wine with enormous character" and that, in our estimation, is putting it way mildly. Produce of about ⅓ each Grenache, Syrah and Carignane fruit; deep, almost opaque ruby at the core in color with inviting if primary and wild aromas that would recall ripening grapes hovering above a limestone rich vineyard floor, just cracked black pepper and not so subtle suggestion of berries black and blue (Andrea noted bramble and a certain meatiness; Lucinda noted cassis); quite rich on entry after just a bit of air and then noticeably building in power and intensity of flavor — warming, satisfying, stony intensity of flavor; one might reasonably wish for a long winter with a glass or few or a case or two of this in front; even Lucinda was impressed: 'if someone wants a bold red wine … ' yeah, this is it. Serve it up with a whole spread of foods like charcouterie, olives, strong cheeses alongside fall and winter greens in extra virgin olive oil with garlic, cassoulets, heady winter stews, and more …

$17.50 the bottle  $178.56 the case



2020 Picpoul de Pinet Saint-Peyre Les Costières de Pomerols

2020 Picpoul de Pinet Saint-Peyre Les Costières de Pomerols

Produce of 100% Piquepoul Blanc — a very popular, traditional local variety — this wine is sourced from vineyards planted on sun-drenched hillsides «costières» in the Mediterranean garrigue, near the Etang de Thau, a coastal lagoon situated between the port of Sète and Marseillan in the south of France. The garrigue is the name given to open scrubland made up of lowgrowing, dwarf bushy shrubs including holm oak, juniper, broom and wild herbs such as rosemary, thyme and sage. Vivid platinum/yellow in color with aromas suggestive of fresh orchard fruits like peach and apricot, citrus and the subtle scent of moist limestone and salt sea salinity; at once, supple in texture (Lucinda noted a dreamsicle like creaminess), fresh and vibrant on the tongue with mouthwatering crisp acidity so suggesting another pull. And so it goes …

$13.75 the bottle  $140.28 the case



2020 Corbières Rosé Gris de Gris Domaine de Fontsainte

2020 Corbières Rosé Gris de Gris Domaine de Fontsainte

The first vineyards at Domaine de Fontsainte, in the Corbières appellation, were planted by the Romans. Artifacts found in these vineyards, such as an old coin dating from the time of Marcus Agrippa in 25 A.D., are a testament to its antiquity. The original domaine was built around a thermal spring, which was later named for the local, twelfth-century patron saint, Saint Siméon; hence Fontsainte — the saint's fount. Yves Laboucarié’s family has been making wine here since the seventeenth century. The Fontsainte vineyards surround the hamlet of Boutenac in the area known as «The Golden Crescent». This swath of land is one of the sunniest in the appellation of Corbières, enjoying south/southeast exposures, and protection from the cold, northeast winds by a large 500-hectare forest. The cool sea breezes from the Mediterranean help this sun-soaked terroir achieve balance as well. Their Gris de Gris rosé has been an important part of our rosé offerings here for years now. Produce of 90% Grenache Gris, 5% Carignan and 5% Mourvèdre hand-harvested fruit planted to silica, clay and gravelly limestone soils with large galets (rounded stones). A portion of the juice destined for red wine production is bled off while still only pink in color (this is known as the saignée method of rosé production) After a 24-hour débourbage, or settling of the must, alcoholic fermentation takes place at cool temperatures for 35 days. Malolactic fermentation is blocked and the wine is allowed to rest for one month before bottling to preserve freshness and aromatic intensity.

$17.50 the bottle  $178.56 the case



2019 Paul Mas Réserve Pinot Noir Saint-Hilaire Vineyard

2019 Paul Mas Réserve Pinot Noir Saint-Hilaire Vineyard

From clay and limestone soils of the Saint-Hilaire Vineyard in the Languedoc, near Limoux and in the foothills of the Pyrénées mountains. Granted one doesn't normally look for such south of Burgundy in France, but here, because of the elevation and the cooling Mistral and Tramontane winds, it is possible to produce Pinot Noir with its aromatic profile wholly recognizable and its typically silky palate feel intact. Aromas offer immediate suggestion of ripe cherry and bramble and stony earth; silky and delicate on the tongue, medium in body, then warm and gently embracing, but with nerve and freshness and length of delicate flavor, and light and airy enough to take that second glass. This is a stunning value at its price.

$11.99 the bottle  $122.28 the case



2018 Château des Crès Ricards Terrasses du Larzac Stécia

2017 Château des Crès Ricards Terrasses du Larzac Stécia

The Château des Crès Ricards Estate was established in 1960 in the village of Ceyras (32 km from the coast of the Mediterranean sea). Fifty years later, Jean-Claude Mas acquired these 28 hectares. Jean-Claude was so fascinated by the terroir of the Terrasses du Larzac that he expanded the estate to 42 hectares in 2013. This sub-appellation of the Languedoc is known for its intensely flavorful and silky wines. Chateau des Crès Ricards is situated at the foot of the Mont Saint-Baudille in the southern foothills of the Massif Central. This superb Languedoc rouge is produce of 60% Syrah, 25% Grenache and 15% Carignan vines planted to soils of limestone and clay, with more pebble-rich soils on the steep, terraced vineyards. Just less than half of the blend is aged in oak barrels for 8 months, the remaining portion in stainless steel vats. Gorgeous deep ruby red in color with alluring aromas redolent of happy grapes from happy vines planted to superb winegrowing soils only a short distance from the Mediterranean (this wine taster would like to be there about now); there's a bit of bramble and a touch of garrigue with some aeration; potent and engaging on the tongue with warmth and power and generosity to spare, then with fine ripe chalky tannins and a certain minerality carrying a long flavorful reprise of everything that has come before. Mais, oc!

$22.50 the bottle  $114.78 the case of 6


All bottles are 750ml in size and all cases are of 12/750ml bottles unless otherwise indicated. All orders subject to confirmation. All wines subject to prior sale.


More Languedoc-Roussillon Wine

Pack Size Vintage Producer Key Producer Description Bottle
12 750 2019 La Tour Vieille, Domaine Domaine La Tour Vieille Collioure La Pinède Rouge $27.50
12 750 2020 Fontsainte, Domaine de Domaine de Fontsainte Corbières Rosé $17.50
12 750 2019 Faillenc Sainte-Marie, Domaine de Domaine Faillenc Sainte-Marie Corbières Rouge $17.50
12 750 2019 Fontsainte, Domaine de Domaine de Fontsainte Corbières Rouge $15.75
12 750 2020 Aupilhac, Domaine d' Domaine d'Aupilhac Coteaux du Languedoc Lou Maset $19.99
6 750 2017 Mas, Château Paul Château Paul Mas Coteaux du Languedoc Clos des Mûres $23.75
12 750 2017 Maset, Lou Lou Maset Coteaux du Languedoc Domaine d'Aupilhac $18.75
12 750 2018 Rostaing, Domaine Domaine Rostaing Coteaux du Languedoc Puech Chaud Blanc $32.50
12 750 2018 Fin de Folie Fin de Folie Côtes Catalanes Rouge Fin de Folie $42.50
12 750 2019 Cabirau, Domaine Domaine Cabirau Côtes du Roussillon $14.99
12 750 2019 Arques, Sieur D' Sieur D'Arques Cuvée Lacustre Pinot Noir $9.99
12 750 2020 Lascaux, Château de Château de Lascaux Languedoc Blanc Garrigue $17.50
12 750 2020 Lascaux, Château de Château de Lascaux Languedoc Rosé Garrigue $17.50
12 750 2020 Figueirasse, Domaine de Domaine de Figueirasse Languedoc Rosé Gris de Gris $16.25
12 750 2020 Lascaux, Château de Château de Lascaux Languedoc Rouge Garrigue $17.50
12 750 2018 La Croix Saint Jean La Croix Saint Jean Minervois Lo Mainatge $22.50
12 750 2018 Maris, Château Château Maris Minervois La Touge Rouge $19.99
12 750 2018 Maris, Château Château Maris Minervois Savoir Vieillir $27.50
12 750 2020 Paraza, Château de Château de Paraza Minervois Rosé Cuvée Spéciale $11.99
12 750 2017 Paraza, Château de Château de Paraza Minervois Rouge Cuvée Spéciale $11.99
12 750 2020 Bertrand, Gérard Gérard Bertrand Pays d'Oc 'Gris Blanc' Rosé $17.50
12 750 2020 Saint-Peyre Saint-Peyre Picpoul de Pinet $13.75
12 750 2019 Mas, Vignobles Paul Vignobles Paul Mas Pinot Noir Réserve Saint-Hilaire Vineyard Pays d'Oc $11.99
6 750 2017 Cres Ricards, Chateau des Chateau des Cres Ricards Terrasses de Larzac Stécia $22.50
12 750 2019 Pas de Problème Pas de Problème Vin de France Pinot Noir $12.99

All orders subject to confirmation. All wines subject to prior sale.

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