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Wine Tasting Note: Domaine de Lavabre Rouge, 2001, Pic Saint-Loup, France.  Add/Read Comments

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The side road eluded us; travelling east across the Languedoc aiming for the Pic Saint-Loup hill. Basically we missed it and ended up in the Southern Rhone. It was a year or two back now and I do regret the missed opportunity. We were under pressure to travel up the Rhone Valley and conquer other more renown hills though.

Wine Tasting Note: Domaine de Lavabre Rouge, 2001, Pic Saint-Loup, Languedoc, France.
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Just the right balance of fruit and elder complexity. A marvellous richness of deep fruits with an edge of meaty, spicy, raspberry and red currant juiciness. Smooth with a level of tannin that is about spot-on. Age has provided a little sediment. An unoaked mix of Carignan, Cinsault, Grenache and Syrah. Alcohol 13.5%.

This is the lower ranking wine in the domaines range. Next up is Les Demoiselles, which sees some oak ageing while the flagship is Château Lavabre which sees time in a mix of new and used oak.
Scribblings Rating - 92/100

UPDATE: The Chateau Lavabre, the flagship wine of this estate, is available from Surf4Wine for, at the time of writing, £11.50.
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