Hecht & Bannier St Chinian 2011

Red Blend Red Blend
Languedoc-Roussillon, France

$20.75 (184184)

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88 pts
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August 16, 2014

Critic Reviews (7)

John Szabo, MS
John Szabo, MS

A wonderfully schistous, scorched earth, minerally and regionally distinctive Saint Chinian here, firm and poised, by...

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Julian Hitner
Julian Hitner

Substantially appetizing and character-driven, the 2011 St-Chinian comes highly recommended. Opaque ruby in colour,...

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David Lawrason
David Lawrason

This a loose, fresh, very spicy and lifted southern French red. Very savoury (not fruity/floral) with lots of...

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Sara d'Amato
Sara d'Amato

A nicely polished example of Saint-Chinian, perhaps a little commercial but appealing nonetheless. Notes of plum,...

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Marc Chapleau
Marc Chapleau

Marked by syrah, full-bodied and tannic, for now a bit monolithic but the potential for further aging of two or three...

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Bill Zacharkiw
Bill Zacharkiw

Much firmer and driven than in previous vintages. A very mineral and tannin driven Saint Chinian. Good wine, needs...

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Nadia  Fournier
Nadia Fournier

Inviting nose of fruit and black licorice jam, very generous, ample, same style as all the wines from this trade....

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Community Reviews (4)

Jason Solanki
Jason Solanki

Bottled summer of 2013, this Syrah-led blend has perfumed, floral and red berry aromas of medium intensity. Elegant pepper and aroma replays show up on the palate that is full-bodied with a very smooth mouthfeel. Mouth-watering acids and excellent length on the finish. Silky smooth. Blended with Carignan, Grenache and Mourvèdre. Tasted Nov/2013. Score: 90+ pts

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Really fine St Chinian here from H&B. The excellent fruit is bolstered by notes of black olives, pepper, herbs and dried meats. Has really well-judged acidity and tannin. A refined, yet still authentic St Chinian for sure. Drinking very nicely now, should keep a few more years. Tasted Feb 2016.

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Michael Stickings
Michael Stickings

Somewhat better than the Minervois, H&B's Saint-Chinian, a Syrah-Grenache-Mourvèdre blend, is another complex, complicated, and ultimately challenging wine. It opens with a stunning burst of dark fruit, notably blackberries and plums, deepening with leather, black pepper, licorice, vanilla, baking spice, herbs, and a driving current of minerality. But then it flattens out, revealing a core of austerity, the initial burst fading, and so while there's a lot going on, rooted deeply in its terroir, it proves to be a rather severe and unforgiving effort overall.

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brettmichaelarden
brettmichaelarden

Definition of textbook but boring wine. Everything is in the right place, you can tell this is well crafted. But it's too well crafted. Great weight, texture and freshness, yet is a very forgettable experience. Too well made if that makes any sense.

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