Wine of the Week:
Region: Terrasses du Larzac, Languedoc-Roussillon, France
The Languedoc is absolutely
one of the best places to source exciting and great value wines. I bought this 2010
Domaine le Clos du Serres last
week at our local wine store. From the tiny appellation of Terrasses du Larzac
located right in the heart of the Languedoc, La Blaca 2010 is a delicious red wine, packed with vibrant juicy
fruit – an absolute winner to serve at your next dinner gathering.
The color is a rich deep ruby. Enticing nose that is multi-layered showing intense black fruit – plums, berries, cherries with notes of rosemary, sage, clove, smoke and an attractive gamey note. On the palate the flavors are rich and well defined, mirroring the nose with more savory notes of leather, earth and peppery spice. While rich the flavors are also bright and refreshing. Supple tannins give just the right amount of grip and structure. It has a long, persistent finish. Enjoy now or cellar for an additional 5+ years.
At the table: This rich Syrah based wine is at home with a wide variety of meat dishes. It is a perfect partner for any summer grilling. We enjoyed it last week with grilled rib-eye steak on a bed of creamy polenta and sautéed kale with bacon – an adaptation of a dish we enjoyed with Sara Kate a few years ago.
About Domaine le Clos du Serres and the 2010 La Blaca Terrasses du Larzac: Domaine le Clos du Serres is the property of Béatrice et Sébastien Fillon. Sébastien, who is originally from the Loire Valle area, started out life as an engineer. At 30 years of age he was bitten by the wine bug and spent the next three years looking for the ‘perfect’ vineyard. He found it at Domaine le Clos du Serres, which he and his wife Béatrice purchased in 2006.
The Domaine, which was originally established in 1998, is a collection of 15 different parcels of land. The word ‘Serres’ translates as ‘hills’ in the local Occitan dialect. The property is located in the tiny AOC appellation of Terrasses du Larzac, which was recognized as a sub-appellation of the AOC Côteaux du Languedoc in 2004.
The 2010 La Blaca is a blend of predominantly Syrah (70%) with Carignan and Grenache as blending partners. The grapes, which are cultivated organically, are hand harvested and all vinified separately. The wine is mostly aged in vat before bottling – only about 10% is aged in oak.
(Image: Mary Gorman-McAdams)