Terroir: The appellation of Cotes du Roussillon is located in the heart of Frances sunny south with an abundance of warm Mediterranean sunshine and cooling winds from the sea. Hecht et Bannier source this selection from the villages of Tautavel, Estagel, Caramany, Espira de l'Agly and Lesquerde.
Vinification: The Cotes du Roussillon is a traditional blend of Grenache, Mourvedre, Carignan and Syrah vinified and aged in a combination of epoxy lined concrete tank, large neutral oak casks and about 20% in new oak barrels producing a wine of powerful, ripe, juicy fruit with an elegant, refined finish.
"2009 was a really good year for the vines cycle and the harvested grapes quality is excellent in this northern part of the Roussillon. Considered as a slightly warmer year than normality, it was marked by three different phases in the area: an irregular autumn punctuated by cold and soft phases, a cooler weather between January and April and finally, a warm period from May until August which favored a short and accelerated ripening period. Then, the weak but sufficient pluviometry and the nice sunshine throughout the year ensured a splendid vintage.
2009 brings to us a rich and very expressive wine. Quickly accessible, the sensual, soft, round and smooth Grenache sides offer to us an immediate pleasure in mouth. Aromatically full, sapid and cheerful, our Côtes du Roussillon Villages 2009 shows a spicy and peppery side for a voluptuous wine, obvious." -Gregory Hecht
Blend: Grenache: 55%, Syrah: 25%, Mourvedre: 15%, Carignan: 5%
Score: 89 PointsWine Spectator Author: Kim Marcus
"Very suave, with lip-smacking dark currant, raspberry preserves and cherry tart flavors, flanked by plenty of creamy notes. Tannins tighten up on the muscular finish."
Score: 87 PointsWine & Spirits Author: Tara Q. Thomas
"This is fresh and tangy, a simple, earthy red with plum skin flavor and a slight floral edge."
Score: 91 PointsThe Rhone Report Author: Jeb Dunnuck
"Every bit as impressive, yet with more richness and depth, the 2009 Hecht & Bannier Ctes du Roussillon Villages is a blend of Grenache, Syrah, Carignan, and Mourvdre thats aged 30% in tank, 40% in 1-2 year-old demi-muids, and the rest in vat. It exhibits an outstanding array of spiced red fruits, licorice, flowers, and sappy underbrush and herb nuances on the nose. This flows to a medium+ bodied wine that has a voluptuous, rich texture, sweet fruit, moderate acidity, and a chewy, broad mid-palate and finish where ripe tannin emerges. While fruit driven and pure, it turns more mineral-laced with air and is far from straightforward. Impressive, and it should benefit from 1-2 years of bottle age, and drink well for 6-7 years"
"Gregory Hecht and Francois Bannier are quality-minded negociants who make wines in both the Languedoc and Roussillon regions. Their Roussillon Villages bottling is a richly textured and supple Grenache dominant red produced from several top vineyards in the Roussillon Villages appellation."
"Chocolate-covered plum and cherry; cassis and blackberry headily scent and lushly saturate the plush palate of Hecht & Bannier's 2009 Cotes du Roussillon Villages a less complex or dynamic wine tasted from tank just prior to bottling - than its 2008 counterpart (which was a hard act to follow by any measure) but with a seductive richness all its own. Nor is this simply about fruit: a deep red meatiness and saliva-inducing salinity permeate the palate and add the finishing enticement to take the next sip. The small amount of Mourvedre present here seems surprisingly efficacious. Look for this excellent value to reward for the next 4-6 years."
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