"My favorite of the various parcel selections from this outstanding estate was the 2016 Pic Saint Loup Clos du Pic, a Syrah-Mourvèdre blend. It reveals classy aromas of baking spices, crushed stone and violets, backing those up with flavors of raspberries, strawberries and plums. It's full-bodied but complex, with a long finish framed by fine-grained tannins.
This forward-looking producer was a previous client of Michel Rolland, but Rhône-based Philippe Cambie is the current consultant. He and the rest of the team greeted me at the chateau late in the day for a tasting of the property's wide range of wines. There are three basic tiers to the wines here, from Prestige (entry level) to Tête de Bélier (midrange) to a series of single-parcel wines. Alongside, there's the La Closerie du Pic, which are offerings from Pic Saint Loup. All of the wines are characterized by ripe fruit, plush tannins and a broad, expansive feel on the palate. Members of the anti-flavor wine elite, you have been warned." 94 points, Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate
One only needs to glance briefly through the notes of Jancis Robinson, Robert Parker, Andrew Jefford and David Schildknecht (among many others) to discover their love affair with the Languedoc. And by that, we mean head-over-heels, butterflies-in-the-stomach kind of love. We have had affection for the region since the humble beginnings of European Cellars when our motto was "unknown...and unsold" - an affection that remains as exciting to us today as it did 25 years ago.
Variety: Grenache, Syrah
Ages of vines: 40-75 years
Farming: Practicing biodynamic
Soil: Clay limestone, gravel
Fermentation: Hand harvested, fermentation in concrete
Aging: Grenache 12 months in concrete tank, Syrah 12 months in French oak barrels, new and second fill
ALL BOTTLES ARE 750 ML UNLESS OTHERWISE NOTED
Adult Signature Required