Serious Languedoc from a great producer - olives, spice, and a huge finish.
Some 20km from Montpellier, in the Pic St Loup appellation, lies the commune of Valflaunes, home to Château de Lancyre. The long-overlooked style and quality of this increasingly fashionable appellation has now been recognised and awarded the 'Grand Cru de Languedoc' status. The Durand and Valentin families have been the proprietors for four generations and look after 75 hectares of vines. Château de Lancyre is now recognised as one of the leading producers in the region, producing a mouth-watering rosé and lush, velvety rouge.
Tasting Note: Deep red hue. The nose exudes notes of black cherry and rose on first pour then reveals aromas of black olive, liquorice and spice after swirling. The palate is full and fleshy and delivers flavours of black olives and candied liquorice with a long, fresh finish and elegant tannins.
Critics: Jancis Robinson 16.5/20 (2006), 16.6/20 (average producer score)
Syrah (50%), Grenache (40%), Carignan (10%)