Maison Delafont ‘Cru’ Pic St Loup
Samuel Delafont is a force of nature – half French, half Viking, and 100% dedicated to rewriting the story of the Languedoc wine region and showing the enormous potential of one of our favourite parts of France. It is no exaggeration to say that his wines would cost a fortune if they were made in one of the more ‘prestigious’ regions – a point that was proved when his wines were selected for the winelist at the Élysée Palace for pouring at formal state events (the first time this honour has been bestowed upon a producer from Languedoc). You can just imagine how many feathers were ruffled in Bordeaux and Burgundy….
The Pic St Loup appellation is named after the striking mountain of the same name that dominates the landscape of this part of the Languedoc. This is where the best of the best reds from the region are to be found – it works as a meeting point between the coastal flats and the higher inland ranges, and is substantially cooler than many of the other parts of the region. As a consequence the wines have a great refinement and elegance, with the Syrah comparable to that of the great districts of the northern Rhone. This wine is the epitome of that elegance – the forest fruit and spice/garrigue notes are there in abundance, secondary notes of pepper and earth support, but the overarching sensation is one of restraint and taut balance. It is a splendid wine, and one that will reward decanting and serving with refined dishes.
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