DOMAINE CLAVEL Côteaux du Languedoc Pic Saint Loup ‘Bonne Pioche’ 2012

The ‘Bonne Pioche’ comes from 35 acres of land parcels, all grouped in the same area and so with very similar terroirs. The mostly Syrah vines are planted in shallow soils with large underlying limestone blocks. However, the clay make-up of the soil allows for good water reserves, and the limestone deposits at the surface reflect the sun’s warmth directly onto the grapes. These soils result into a terroir driven wine that is fresh and inviting with dark cherry and raspberries followed by spices, licorice, lavender and mineral notes. The tannins are silky, but firm and it shows a bit more depth and concentration then some of the other Clavel wines from the vintage.  This comes together nicely on the finish, picking up some chalky minerals and ashy tobacco notes. Give it another year or so in bottle to flesh out a bit. (Best 2015-2020) - February, 2014 (JD)

Wine Specifications

Report Date: February, 2014
Drinking Window: 2014-2020 
Estimated Value: $40
Vintage: 2012
Producer: Domaine Clavel 
Country: France
Region: Languedoc
Appellation: Côteaux du Languedoc- Pic Saint Loup 
Importer: Serge Doré Selections

Domaine Clavel Bonne Pioche

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