Hecht & Bannier Cotes du Roussillon Villages 2012
A really exciting wine on the nose with lots of depth and complexity: meaty/gamey notes combine with lots of berry fruit and floral/perfumed violet notes. Would have liked to see more of the same depth/complexity on the palate. Still great though, with lots of plummy fruit and savoury notes that's well balanced with good acidity and soft tannins. Falls just a little short on the finish, so there are other reds I prefer for for money. This wine really benefited from some air so I'd recommend decanting.Add winemaker's notes
RiceSelect's creamy Arborio gets blended with sweet potato, coconut milk and vanilla to create this decadent cheesecake. Pairs well with Saunternes; a white dessert wine that has hints of coconut from aging in oak barrels.
A really exciting wine on the nose with lots of depth and complexity: meaty/gamey notes combine with lots of berry fruit and floral/perfumed violet notes. Would have liked to see more of the same depth/complexity on the palate. Still great though, with lots of plummy fruit and savoury notes that's well balanced with good acidity and soft tannins. Falls just a little short on the finish, so there are other reds I prefer for for money. This wine really benefited from some air so I'd recommend decanting.
A stunner. Deep purple color, rich berry on the nose. Layered fruit with a hint of smokiness on the finish. Compulsively drinkable.
A great bargain! Very vibrant and fresh with hints of cherry, smoke and roasted herbs on the nose. The palate is velvety at first and firms up on the mid-palate and finish; leaving a lingering finish of plum and dark chocolate. I'm obviously a fan of Roussillon blends, and this one hits the spot.
From its appearance in the glass to its silky finish, this wine exudes sophistication. I saw it as more deep red than purple with a subtle but expressive nose (I agree there were hints of cherry and roasted herbs, with plum flavors). The wine has a classical restraint and so seems a bit reticent at first but opens up into a delightful and satisfying, complex series of sensations, growing almost sweet with the fruit at the end, which trails off into a most agreeable finish. There are no unresolved tannins so drink it now. We are told this is 60% Grenache, 35% Syrah and the rest Carignan and Mourvedre, barrel-aged for more than 24 months. The label comments on its "plenitude and onctuousity [sic]." (I think they meant unctuousness.) It has a lot of slender "legs" sliding down from a sheet of glycerine but there is none of the cloying quality one sometimes gets with a Merlot, say. This is a medium-bodied, balanced and finely-tuned wine, of surpassing elegance and finesse, without being precious. It is definitely a deal at $23.99. Pardon me for raving further, but it puts me in mind of a middle Beethoven quartet - say Op. 59, No.2, played by the Takacs String Quartet.
External Reviews for Hecht & Bannier Cotes du Roussillon Villages
Schwarze Kirschen und dunkle Waldbeeren, feine Röstaromen und mineralische Komponenten im intensiven Bukett. Dichter und fleischiger Körper, harmonisch, saftig und rund mit kräftigem Abgang.
Dunkelfruchtiges, dichtes und komplexes Bukett, feine Kräuternoten. Kräftige Struktur, viel Fruchtschmelz mit präsenten, aber reifen Tanninen im Abgang.
This ripe, suave red, delivers a full flush of luscious red fruit flavors and silky spicy notes. Broad midpalate, with a powerful, chocolate-filled finish that features notes of toffee and hints of cream. Grenache, Mourvèdre, Syrah and Carignan. Drink now through 2018.
The Hecht & Bannier 2008 Cotes du Roussillon Villages displays the vibratory kinetics; abundance of vivacious fruit - yet here possessed of almost liqueur-like sweetness; and complexity of mineral elements that one has come to associate with the best wines of this vintage. Lily and heliotrope mingle with the aromas of ripe black raspberry, blackberry can cassis, then offer persistent inner-mouth allure as the sweet berry concentrate saturates the palate while mouthwatering salinity and schistic crushed-stone and peat-like smokiness build in intensity toward a finish the displays - for all of its richness - the remarkable sense of levity and vibrancy that is often attributed to the alleged miracle of chalky soils such as characterize Vingrau. This much though is sure: You don't have to believe in the efficacy of geological underpinnings to recognize the dazzling complexity and uncanny balance on display here. This phenomenal value should make for riveting entertainment over at least the next 5-7 years, and probably - though the track record is only now accumulating - for significantly longer.
The 2005 Côtes du Roussillon Villages - from what Hecht and Bannier call "a perfect vintage for Roussillon" - pours forth aromas and juicy sumptuous profusion of ripe black raspberry and cassis, but smoke, pencil lead, salt, chalk, and wet stone are never any farther from the surface than is the mother rock in most of these vineyards. And for all of this wine's expansive richness, there is ample contrast from juniper and marjoram, as well as a delightfully cool character to its long finishing fruit, complemented by invigoratingly tart fruit skin and crushed stone. With tight but refined tannic underpinnings, this will be worth following for at least 4-5 more years.
The Hecht & Bannier 2006 Cotes du Roussillon Villages smells of cedar, coconut (from a significant proportion of new wood), cherry, marjoram, and smoke. Stimulating hints of cherry pit bitterness along with smoke, herbal pungency, and graphite and crushed stone add to the dynamic impression conveyed by unusually fresh fruit, leading to a long, lip-smacking finish. While this ultimately lacks quite the richness or density of its 2005 counterpart, I imagine it will be well worth cellaring for at least 3-4 years, and it must be borne in mind that a track record is only beginning to accumulate for the maturation of Hecht & Bannier's fine wines.
The 2007 Cotes du Roussillon Villages from geologically diverse sites in a half dozen outstanding villages is composed primarily of Grenache, with smaller amounts of Carignan, Syrah, and Mourvedre. "The Carignan" from high elevation Belesta and Caramany "is key," maintains Hecht, because Grenache from schist in Maury (which make up about a quarter of the blend) can represent too much richness and blatant fruitiness. High-toned mint, cherry distillate, blackberry liqueur, and floral notes as if from some exotic orchid light up the nose and lead to a deeply rich, opulent palate. Like the corresponding 2007 Faugeres (reviewed in my Languedoc report), this shows more obvious sweetness of fruit and viscosity than previous renditions, yet ups the ante in all other departments as well, and the last thing that comes to mind here is over-ripeness or heaviness. On the contrary, there is terrific energy and lift, leading to a polished, savory, persistently stimulating finish.
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