Gérard Bertrand Grand Terroir La Clape Syrah/Carignan/Mourvèdre 2009

Red Blend Red Blend
Languedoc, France

$18.95 (370262)

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May 10, 2014

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John Szabo, MS
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John Szabo, MS

Syrah-carignan-mourvèdre. This smells like an essence of the South of France, like the garrigue- wild herbs that...

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Michael Stickings
Michael Stickings

This is a fine "Grand Terroir" from Bertrand, if lacking in charm and elegance and instead offering a certain brooding rusticity that one might expect from the region. A Syrah-Carignan-Mourvèdre blend, it features a dense core shaped by those three southern French staples, heavy on black pepper, funky cured and roasted meats, earth, dried herbs, and old leather. The fruit is dark and dense -- blackberry, blueberry, plum -- but this is a wine that seems old, dusty, and stale until with time it offers up a nice acidic streak of zesty cherry and redcurrant. But the roughness remains throughout.

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