Château Saint Jacques D’Alba Clos de Garric Minervois 2010 is another bottle I picked up last month at a fantastic wine shop near the Yale Campus. After noticing the assortment of French and Italian bottles spilling over in my basket, the eagle-eyed shop clerk handed this bottle to me, feeling confident I would enjoy it. Château Saint Jacques was purchased in 2001 by Graham Nutter and his wife Beatrice. He passionately reinvented the vineyards and facilities, respecting the original Roman roads on the property and focusing on protecting the environment. They employ the Cousinie Method, which is based on Biodynamic and organic principles, but incorporates laboratory analysis of soil and vegetation.
Dark garnet in colour, aromas of wild berries and a gamey earthiness rose from the glass. Tart cherry, brambly blackberry and smoked meat flavours were balanced by pleasantly astringent tannins in the medium to full body. Smoky earth and flint minerals comprised the plush finish. Rustic, earthy and velvety this drinks like a costlier bottle, and is fantastic at the table with anything from pizza to pad thai.
60% Syrah, 30% Carignan, 10% Grenache
Bottled on the property by Saint Jacques D’Alba
Enjoy now thru 2015