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Corbieres, Chateau de Durfort 2015

Country: France
Region: Languedoc
Type: Red
Producer: Durfort, chateau
Grape: Grenache, Shiraz
Bottle Size: 75cl
Vintage: 2015
Alcohol: 14%

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Comes across like a soft, ripe Bordeaux. Mocha notes, baking spices, vanilla and sous bois over dark, glossy cassis, creamy blueberry, strawberry compote and - after all, why not? - a burst of sweet, ripe blackberries. Now it's dark, smoky plum, liquorice and a hint of cough drop. That voluptuousness on the nose anticipates its satin texture. The tannins are very fine, more cocoa and sous bois, giving a delicious, moreish, bitter-savoury contrast to that sweet ripe fruit. It's a flawlessly harmonious blend. The texture is ethereal and overall the sense of balance is just very, very pleasing. Concentrated but not remotely heavy. Quaffable, even.

Tasting Notes

What an evocative region this is: garrigue-covered plateaux, scents of wild thyme, ancient grottos and gorges, whispering winds, castle ruins, limestone outcrops, wild boar, gnarly old vines and bright Mediterranean sunshine. The Chateau de Durfort Corbieres vines grow in rocky schist soils in the craggy uplands of Cathar country. The wine has that typical, sumplremely gastronomic combination of ripe, intense spicy fruit flavours, supple, soft, sometimes sweet tannins and a fresh acid core, which makes them irresistible with all the hearty rustic fare of autumn - a rich cassoulet, or meaty slow-cooked ox cheek with garlicky mashed potato - the kind of stuff that makes you feel like Henry VIII.

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