Sunday, April 25, 2010

Chateau de Lancyre Pic Saint-Loup

Chateau de Lancyre
Pic Saint-Loup
La Coste d'Aleyrac
Syrah, Grenache, Cinsault
Coteaux du Languedoc
Valflaunes, France
$12.99 -- Costco, Austin, TX

Color: Deep purpley garnet
Nose: Pepper, cassis, sour something, licorice
Body: Medium
Front: Blackberry cigar
Middle: Chocolate-covered raspberries
Back: Cassis-flavored tea, leather, soft tannins
Burns clean?: Mostly
Cap: Cork

I'm rapidly expanding my experimentation with southern French 2007s, owing to the success of previous encounters. This one is delightful, but not terrifically complex. A good wine with food, for certain, and a good deal at this price. It's dark and brooding, with only hints of picturesque fruitiness and sunshine. Come fall, I'll be yearning for this one, and hoping it's on some restaurant menus! It went well with a little cold roasted chicken and iceberg salad with peppery balsamic dressing.