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.
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 shows a spicy and peppery side for a voluptuous wine, obvious.
Score: 91 PointsWine Spectator Author: Gillian Sciaretta
This red shows finesse and purity, with raspberry, cherry, white pepper and licorice notes bound together with supple acidity and fleshy tannins. Mineral and floral details linger on the finish. Drink now.
Whereas in 2011 Hecht & Bannier had to seek sources of Syrah to replace those hammered by hail, Gregory Hecht calls 2012 the revenge of the Syrah in Roussillon, and their 2012 Cotes du Roussillon Villages incorporates from of that variety from Lesquerde as well as fruit for the grapes and places that informed the corresponding 2011 reviewed here as well. Tasted assembled from tank, this 2012 exhibits a Syrah-typical, soy-like streak that serves for mouthwatering persistence. An almost bitter point of collective dark berry, resinous herb and carnal concentration incorporating juniper berry, huckleberry, and cherry pit guarantees palate-staining persistence in a cuvee that promises excellent value through at least 2018.
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