I picked up Ermitage Du Pic Saint Loup ‘Tour de Pierres’ 2010 because I love Languedoc wines. Juicy, earthy with an herbaceous undercurrent, they can be lush, budget friendly bottles that are fantastic for enjoying on their own or with so many types of dishes. The Ravaille family has been in the Languedoc region for over 1000 years, the Hermitage dates back to the Middle Ages, and the limestone peak above the vineyards is named after Saint Thieri Loup, one of 3 crusader brothers who eventually settled in as a hermit there. In 1992 the 3 Ravaille brothers [Xavier, Pierre, and Jean-Marc] embarked on developing the vineyards on their state that was previously dominated by sheep and cheese farming. With an “obsession to produce a wine that is the pure expression of its terroir”, the brothers practice organic and biodynamic viticulture, preferring to keep their vinification processes as non-interventionist as possible.
Dark red-violet in colour, after decanting aromas of black cherry and smoked meat rose from the glass. Rich earthy elements, leather and herbaceous notes underscored baked cherry and blackberry flavours. Black tea tannins merged into smoky resin, bitter dark chocolate and rosemary notes in the moderate finish. Earthy and herbaceous with plush baked fruit, this is a lovely glass on its own, but particularly fantastic with roasted and smoky dishes.
50% Syrah, 40% Grenache, 10% Mourvѐdre
Mis en Bouteille à la Propriété [Estate Bottled]
Enjoy now thru 2015