Ermitage de Pic St Loup, Tour de Pierres
Grown on red soils in one of the Languedoc's most admired villages, this is a delicious blend of Syrah, Grenache and Mourvedre that shows really excellent winemaking and vineyard selection of well-balanced perfectly ripened grapes.
Aged in large oak 'foudres' and to a lesser extent in barriques, this is aged for 12 months, taking on some of the oak sweetness on the nose, but nothing that gets in the way of the fruit on the palate. It is gorgeous, mouth-watering and very versatile for matching with food.
Pic St. Loup, even as a respected zone of Languedoc, was only granted its legal appellation status in 2016. However, this was more of a rubber stamp exercise as those in the know had been buying up the wines from this wonderful hilltop region for many years.
Sometimes thought of as 'little Rhone' or a poor man's Chateauneuf, the wines are often much. much more than either of the monikers would suggest.
The soils are varied form limestone, marl, clay, schist and large galets in the lower slopes; these with the unusual microclimate of Pic St Loup, which has wet winters, allows for a long ripening period without too much vine stress, creating really wonderful balance in the wines.
- Medium Bodied
We Also Recommend
Chris' Picks: Subscription Delivered Every Month - 6 Bottles