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Wine Tasting Note: Domaine Piccinini Cuvee Line et Laetitia, 2003, Minervois, France  Add/Read Comments

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Back in October a very pleasurable evening was spent sampling a selection of wines from Pic Wines. My small order, placed on the day, has been sitting in the wine rack for a while now; about time I think to crack a few open... this is the first.

Red WineWine Tasting Note:Domaine Piccinini Cuvee Line et Laetitia, 2003, Minervois La Livinière, France.
Available from Pic Wines for £10.80.
Have to agree with the Pic Wines description of "somewhat austere or masculine", the Mourvèdre component (40%) supplies a haunting bitter fruit edge but this is tempered by a mass of blackcurrant's from the Syrah (40%) and Grenache (20%). Plenty of complexity - hints of tobacco, dark chocolate, coffee perhaps. The Mourvèdre spends a year in new oak whilst the Syrah and Grenache are unoaked. The aroma is wonderful - on opening a burst of blackberries, which mellows in the glass to that earthy/minty/chocolate mass. Alcohol 13.5%.
Scribblings Rating - 90/100

Really excels as a wine to accompany food. A slow cooked beef stew flavoured with orange peel, Herbs de Provence, tomato puree, onion and garlic (topped up with red wine and beef stock) worked superbly.

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