2008 LA CIAUDE Minervois Domaine Anne Gros et Jean-Paul Tollot
- Grapes: Syrah, Carignan, Grenache
- Colour: Red
- Origin: France, Languedoc-Roussillon
- ABV: 14%
- Sub-district: Minervois
Lea & Sandeman reviewFrom a white limestone soil, so hard it requires three tractors to work the soil. Anne describes that is 'la solaire' - the sunny one, dominated by Syrah, lovely fruit nose, beautiful balance, 60% new and one-year-old barrels, but this barely shows. Scented with cedar and sandalwood, and packed with wild black fruits, and very long. L&S
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Anne Gros and Jean-Paul Tollot (Domaine Tollot-Beaut) have taken over some wonderful vineyards in the Minervois, and brought Burgundian savoir-faire to an area which all too often produces sweet or leaden-footed lumpen wines. Now into their second vintage these wines have a style of lively freshness which is so uncommon anywhere in Languedoc-Roussillon. We were bowled over by their drinkability, and feel they offer so much in terms of character and flavour, while remaining easy to approach, mineral and light of touch. Click here to read Jancis Robinson's article: A Burgundian in the Languedoc.
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