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Domaine du Pas de l’Escalette


I will generally buy any Languedoc wine that costs between $10-$15 without thought. The Les Petit Pas is $12.99 and the Les Clapas is $20.  Having tried the 2008 Les Petit Pas I was curious to try the 2008 Les Clapas and the 2009 Les Petit Pas.  I have been having great luck with the 2009 vintage.  I would recommend passing on the 2008s and stocking up on the 2009 Les Petit Pas.  A great wine for $12.99!!!!


2009 Dme du Pas de l’Escalette, Les Petits Pas, Languedoc
Tasted 05 April 2011.
The Petit Pas is the entry-level red and is a blend of 45% Grenache, 45% Carignan, and 10% Syrah. Jenn found “smoke” on the nose.  In the mouth there are blue/black fruits in this inky, tight, enjoyable wine. The very fine tannins become evident as cocoa, grit, and stone flavors come out.  The aftertaste features dark blue fruit and some spices.  A thoroughly enjoyable wine that is a good step up from the 2008.  **(*) 2014-2017.

2008 Dme du Pas de l’Escalette, Les Petits Pas, Languedoc
Tasted January 2011.
We drank it over two nights. At first I thought it hadn’t survived well for the second night but with some good swirling the qualities came out again. It is well made and I would sit on it until the Fall before trying it again.  ** 2013-2015.

2008 Dme du Pas de l’Escalette, Les Clapas, Languedoc
Tasted 05-06 April 2011.
The Les Clapas is a blend of Grenache, Cinsault, and Carignan.  Notes of smoke and tobacco on the nose.  There is tart red fruit with a good amount of acidity.  There is more tart red fruit and medium tannins that come through in the finish which coat the mouth.  On the second night the wine was a bit more perfumed with cherries.  But after an hour in the glass it completely fell apart and clearly did not survive.  We dumped the rest.  ** Now-2015.

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