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Lancyre – Le Rosé 2021

 

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Description

Purchased in 1970 by the Durand and Valentin families, the Château was originally built in the 1500’s, on the ruins of a 12th century fort. Records of winemaking date back to 1550! Lancyre is now viewed among the top estates of Pic Saint-Loup, which has justifiably garnered a reputation as the Languedoc’s single best wine district.

Tasting Notes: A big rosé! Raspberry and pear aromas on the nose, with distinctive spicy, minty garrigue notes. Big, bold and firm on the palate, ending with a long, clean finish.

Serve With: A rosé for year round drinking! Excellent on its own, it is also a great food wine – pair with hearty salads, grilled vegetables, kebabs, stuffed tomatoes or charcuterie.

Brand

Château de Lancyre

The Château was built in the 1500s on the ruins of a 12th century fort. Records of winemaking in the building date back to 1550, and ruins of stone cuves from that period are still visible. The Château and 37 acres of Carignan and Cinsault vines were purchased by the Durand and Valentin families in 1970. The winery was in poor condition and the families started restoration work immediately. At the same time, they planted additional acreage of Syrah and Grenache. At the time of the purchase, the Durands already had 30 acres of their own vineyards, including a small recently planted parcel of Syrah, one of the first in Languedoc. The Valentins also brought in their own 20 acres, mostly Grenache, Carignan and Cinsault. Today the Domaine consists of 128 acres of AOC vineyards, mostly in Pic Saint-Loup, with all of the Appellation wine estate-bottled at the Château.
Pic Saint-Loup has justifiably garnered a reputation as the Languedoc’s best wine district. Vineyards are 15 miles inland from the Mediterranean and are almost 2,000 feet above sea level. Summer days are blazingly hot (103°F!), but night-time temperatures almost always drop to below 60°F – sometimes even below 50°F! Syrah (the principal grape in Pic Saint-Loup) is usually picked in early October, and not in late August, as it is in many Languedoc and Southern Rhône vineyards, so stylistically, the wines are closer to those of the Northern Rhône than their Southern Rhône counterparts (think Hermitage/Côte Rotie, not Châteauneuf-du-Pape).
Is Lancyre the top wine estate in the Languedoc? Probably not. But they are one of the best, and their wines sell for 1/3 to 1/2 of the price of wines from the top handful of Languedoc estates. Equally important are the facts that a wide range of wines are produced, and that they are produced in substantial enough quantities and are readily available in most markets. For savvy wine consumers, it doesn‘t get much better than this.

Additional information

Country

Region

Appellation

Pic Saint-Loup AOP

Variety

Vintage

Wine Type

UPC

097871005630

Case Code

10097871005637

Vineyards

198 acres planted to Syrah, Grenache, Mourvèdre, Cinsault, Carignan, Roussanne, Marsanne, and Viognier. Clay/limestone based soils. Vines average nearly 500 feet in elevation, with the highest parcels at 650 feet above sea level. Sustainably grown.

Pic Saint-Loup is widely viewed as the Languedoc’s best wine district. It is the most northerly of all Languedoc appellations, and stylistically, the wines are closer to Northern Rhône wines than their Southern Rhône counterparts (think Hermitage and Côte-Rôtie, not Châteauneuf-du-Pape).

Composition

50% Syrah, 40% Grenache, 10% Cinsault.

Viticulture

Yields of 3 tons/acre. Night harvested from 20 year old vines. The Rosé is produced from some of the highest and coolest hillside parcels in the appellation.

Winemaking

Direct pressed, with no maceration. Cold settled for 2 days, then fermented in a mix of stainless steel and cement tanks. No malolactic conversion.

Alcohol

14.5%

Accolades

89 pts – JR, Vinous, 6/21 (2020).
90 pts, “It's full-bodied for a rosé – sitting at 14+% alcohol and showing some serious ripeness and weight on the palate – but it remains refreshing and lively on the citrusy finish.” – JC, The Wine Advocate, 6/20 (2019).
90 pts – JC, The Wine Advocate, 5/19 (2018).
90 pts – JC, The Wine Advocate, 4/18 (2017).
90 pts – JebDunnuck.com, 9/17 (2016).
90 pts – Wine Enthusiast, 8/16 (2015).
91 pts – JD, The Wine Advocate, 6/15 (2014).
90 pts – Wine Enthusiast, 7/14 (2013).
90 pts – The International Wine Report, 7/13 (2012).
90 pts – Wine Spectator, 8/12 (2011).

Vegan

Farming Practices

HPS SKU

LANC023220

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