Thursday, February 25, 2010

2007 Saint-Chinian

2007 Le Secret des Capitelles

2007 Le Secret des Capitelles, AC Saint-Chinian

The wine I forgot in the fridge. I had opened this bottle last Friday, to drink with dinner - spaghetti on meat sauce. Finished half the bottle, had a bit on Saturday, then promptly forgot about it until I saw it yesterday. Oops. But it held up just fine.

Great saturation, but what I love about these wines is the colour - purple/red tinged, but not unnaturally inky. Anything so dark that it resembles squid ink is not the work of the vineyard - theatrics in the cellar, misguided by the notion that a dark wine is a good wine. Bouquet is just spectacular, all floral and violets and garrigue. Wonderful. Elegant in the mouth, minerally with high acid, perfectly content to be authentically a wine of the Languedoc.

Almost 6 days later, I expected the wine to have fallen apart. Not the case. A bit jammier, perhaps, a bit unfocused, but I would still drink this over any over-done, candied New World wine.

DF

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