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Professional Ratings: 91 The Wine Advocate
Region: Languedoc-Roussillon, France
Varietal: Rhone Red Blends
Other Info: Collectible Wines
Style: Big & Bold
Alcohol By Volume: 13.5%
Item no. 108414
L'Infidèle is our historical cuvee. It is a blend of all the local grapes, which provides its elegance and structure. It can be tasted in its early years thanks to its balance, and its expression will grow in complexity over 10 years and more. Ageing for 18 months. 500 l barrels for 60 to 80% of the final blend.
"L'Infidèle" reminds us with Jean-Pierre Jullien, estate founding father, who criticized the traditional langedocian extensive vine-growing methods to contribute to creating the quality practices in Languedoc that have paved the way of the reputation of the estate.
Very generous nose (dark and red fruits, garrigue, liquorice…). Full-bodied wine with nice tannins, a complex aromatic expression and a long and mineral finish... Maturity 10 to 15 years.
Food-pairing: When young: grilled meat with herbs, tajine, tapenade / at maturity: Game, Daube "à la Provençale", cassoulet, terroir cheeses (Cantal, St Nectaire…).
A blend of Syrah, Grenache, Mourvedre, Carignan, Cinsault, and like the majority of wines here, matured primarily in 500 liter barrels, only a small percentage of which are new – the Cal Demoura 2006 Coteaux du Languedoc Terrasses du Larzac L’Infidele displays an uncanny combination of palate richness and viscosity with vivacious brightness of fruit and fine-grained tannin. Plum, cherry, bay, raw beef, dark chocolate, and black pepper all vie for attention, along with undertones of caulk and wet stone, and tart fruit skin and pepper lend an especially brash cast to the finish. Based on the evolution of wines from the era of Jullien ownership – in homage to which, with certain attempts at improvement, this cuvee is explicitly intended – I have no worry about projecting a decade of rewarding evolution. And based on the pricing of recent vintages, this should also represent an excellent value.