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Professional Ratings: 90 The Wine Advocate
Region: Languedoc-Roussillon, France
Varietal: Rhone Red Blends
Style: Earthy & Spicy
Alcohol By Volume: 13.5%
Item no. 119164
The historic cuvée of Jean-Pierre Jullien, L'Infidèle is a blend of all the regional grapes – Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre, Cinsault and Carignan. Choices are made in the vineyard and in the cellar that will emphasize finesse and freshness in this bottling, allowing for full expression of the fruit.
As usual, a blend of Syrah, Grenache, Mourvedre, Carignan, Cinsault, the Cal Demoura 2008 Coteaux du Languedoc Terrasses du Larzac L’Infidele displays ripe black raspberry and cassis shadowed by their distilled counterparts; smoky black tea; resinous herbs; and low-toned suggestions of roasted red meats. There is clarity and refinement here as well as an infectious juiciness – over and beyond the wine’s ample richness and fine tannins – which Goumard is inclined to attribute in part to the introduction of a sorting table, though it surely has something to do with the character of the vintage as well. This long-finishing blend is likely to remain fascinating and delicious for the better part of a decade, though I would by no means spurn its youthful charms.