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Château du Carlot rouge Costières de Nîmes 2014

| red | juicy & concentrated |

Specifications

Grapes
90% syrah, 10% mourvèdre
Alcohol %
14.5%
Yield
42 hl/ha
Aging
barrel aged
Viticulture
lutte raisonnée (sustainable)
Drinkable till
± 2023
Fiche Technique
Video
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Product code
2040102
13.95
€ 12.95 as per 6 bottles
Tasting notes

This cuvée shows well the character of southern syrah: meaty and dark fruit with spices and garrique. The nose provides blue/black berries, olives and tobacco. The taste is soft and warm, dominated by blackberries. Spices (black peper, liquorice, juniper). The tannins are soft but present, the after taste quite long. The wine shows nicely balance which makes it easy drinking in this stage. Perfect price/quality ratio, which is true for the white version as well. [November 2018]

Wine producer
The beautifully restored Mas Carlot has a rich history and has had several key owners. In 1986 the estate was bought by the Blanc family. Paul-Antoine Blanc settled here (southeast of Costières de Nîmes, north of the Camargue) following the successful sale of its Parisian restaurant Le Pied du Cochon. Daughter Nathalie took over in 1998, after studying Oenology in Montpellier and additional training at the University of Davis. Since 2018 the domain is continued by Cyril Marès, also owns the nearby Mas des Mas Bressades. The Mas-label is reserved for the base wines; Château de Carlot from the oaked cuvées.The domain consists more than 75 hectare; the vines vary in age from 30-60 years. Since the entire production process from plant to bottle is managed by a small team, all is harvested mechanically with the exception of the old vines clairette. However, now that the domain is in conversion to organic certification (expected to be granted in 2020), the harvesting will be done manually. A fine place for well made and pleasantly priced wines in our base segment.
Quote & Reviews

John Livingston /drinkrhone.com: “The nose links mulberry red berries with an air of raspberry liqueur, is a stately affair, has a roast beef aspect, carbon-tar also, which implies oaking. The palate has a plum-fruited centre with a spicy trail, leading into slightly dry tannins, the dry weather of the vintage in them. The late juice is dark, fluid, so the best move is to leave this until mid-2018, expecting the tannins to infuse further. It still has one foot in the cellar rather than the vineyard. The aftertaste has a lip smack, grainy aspect. [September 2017]

Ratings

John L. Livingston
***(*)