Tessellae Louis Roche Old Vines 2012, Ap

Gsm GSM
Languedoc-Roussillon, France

$17.00 (343517)

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August 16, 2014

Critic Reviews (3)

John Szabo, MS
John Szabo, MS

A firm, juicy-grapey, generously alcoholic (14.5% declared) and wood-inflected example, with decent if not...

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David Lawrason
David Lawrason

This is old vine carignan from the southernmost enclave of Mediterranean France, where the fruit gets very ripe and...

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Sara d'Amato
Sara d'Amato

Feels very authentic, natural with well balanced alcohol and a palate abundant in ripe forest fruit. Medium intensity...

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Community Reviews (2)

Edward Rasiulis
Edward Rasiulis

Juicy, smooth & easy drinking wine with lots of flavours

Description: Deep ruby in colour with a medium+ intense nose. This wine features medium Cherry, mulberry, blueberry, lavender, black and white peppers, Kirsch liqueur and mesquite. Medium to medium+ body, light tannins with good acidity, a fairly long length and the alcohol is well integrated.

Negatives: None

Interesting Points: The Grenache grapes were sourced from 60 year old vines while the Syrah and Mourvedre came from 20 year old vines.

Drink now or in the next 2 year on its own or pair it with beef tenderloin with cherry black pepper sauce.

Tasted: 23 Aug 2014

Score: 8.5+/10, Value: 8.5+/10 Total: 17.5/20

Out of 5 stars, I rated this wine: 3.5+

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Michael Stickings
Michael Stickings

There's good depth of flavour to this Côtes du Roussillon (40% old vines Grenache), but there just isn't much definition to that flavour. It's sort of a jammy puddle, with thick blackberry, blueberry, and other dark fruit supported by black pepper, roasted meat, vanilla, and bitter herbs, along with some cranberry tartness. There's a hint of leanness lurking underneath it all, a sense of the rugged place peaking out from beneath the ripeness/sweetness, notably in the chalky tannins, but it's not enough to break through, and the fruit doesn't really hold up. Decent, but rough and muddled.

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