Corbieres Millésime 2008

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Terroir: Corbières (Boutenac). Clay limestone soils within a natural amphitheatre surrounded by pine trees and garrigue. The specific climat offers soil containing aeolian sand, atypical for the Corbières, giving the wines more suppleness and soft fruit character. In addition, the sheltered sun trap and warm soils enable Mourvèdre to ripen easily.

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Chateau Spencer La Pujade:
La Pujade means “the slopes” in Occitan, the ancient language of the Languedoc. And like a secret garden, the slopes of La Pujade nestle within a natural amphitheatre of rocky highland garrigue in one of the Corbière’s best climats. Heady scents of pine, rosemary and thyme perfume the air whilst the hot Mediterranean sun is held at bay by altitude and the Mistral – the wind that brings cool bre... Read more
La Pujade means “the slopes” in Occitan, the ancient language of the Languedoc. And like a secret garden, the slopes of La Pujade nestle within a natural amphitheatre of rocky highland garrigue in one of the Corbière’s best climats. Heady scents of pine, rosemary and thyme perfume the air whilst the hot Mediterranean sun is held at bay by altitude and the Mistral – the wind that brings cool breezes from the north. The wines are unashamedly Mediterranean. Mouthfulling and sensual, yet structured and elegant. The secret lies in the terroir, the old vines, and the blending. Half of the 35 ha domaine is planted with old Carignan vines, expressing the soft fruity voluptuousness of the Languedoc sun, whilst the other half shares Syrah, Grenache and Mourvèdre – the ‘noble’ varieties of the south – bringing structure, complexity and concentration. The two principal wines of the Château are an AOC Corbières and a Vin de Pays d’Hauterive, a varietal wine from the Carignan grape variety. This particular area of the Corbières is where Carignan performs best, and with restricted yields and careful handling, it is capable of expressing the nuances of its terroir better than its more ‘noble’ peers. The old vines add complexity, and the result is a wine that is fruity, scented and appealing, yet with a deceptive amount of character and depth. Corbières is an important appellation in France: the fourth largest in total (after Bordeaux, Bordeaux Supérieure and Côtes du Rhone), and the largest in the Languedoc region. The Corbières of Château Spencer La Pujade is a blend of Carignan (50%), Syrah (25%), Grenache (15%) and Mourvèdre (10%), carefully harvested at optimal maturity. There is a little use of French oak for richness and complexity, resulting in a full-bodied, concentrated wine, with ripe black fruit, seasoned with spice and Languedoc garrigue. The first vintage from the present winemaking team – 1998 – won a gold medal, and since then many more. If the terroir is a secret garden, then it also has a secret wine – the Millésime – the third wine of the Château. The first vintage was hidden by Philippe, the winemaker, until he revealed how good it was. It is dedicated to the Mourvèdre grape variety (80%, paired with Syrah), aged in 600 litre French oak barriques from Séguin Moreau, and only produced in years when the Mourvèdre ripens perfectly. Read less
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Snooth User: Chris Spencer
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5.00 5
11/24/2011

What a delicious wine! Powerful, full-bodied and concentrated wine with ripe black fruit, rich dark spice and chewy tannins.



Tasting Notes:

A powerful, full-bodied and concentrated wine with ripe black fruit, rich dark spice and chewy tannins. Complex and long. Serve 18°C. Accompanies meat dishes, especially game. Ageing potential up to 10 years.

Terroir: Corbières (Boutenac). Clay limestone soils within a natural amphitheatre surrounded by pine trees and garrigue. The specific climat offers soil containing aeolian sand, atypical for the Corbières, giving the wines more suppleness and soft fruit character. In addition, the sheltered sun trap and warm soils enable Mourvèdre to ripen easily.

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Closure: Cork

Aged 15 months in French Oak.

Notes: 600 litre French oak barriques from cooper Séguin Moreau

Wine Specs:

Alcohol: 14.5%

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