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2008’s from Domaine Leon Barral and Ermitage du Pic Saint Loup


In two earlier posts I reviewed 2007 vintage selections from Ermitage du Pic Saint Loup and Domaine Leon Barral.  When the 2008 selections became available at MacArthur’s I eagerly grabbed some bottles to try out.  I bought the current vintage of Ermitage du Pic Saint Loup for $15  (previous post here) and the Domaine Leon Barral for $25 (previous post about Valiniere here). 

Vineyard In Faugeres, Image by Christian363 (Flickr)

My impression of the 2008 Ermitage du Pic Saint Loup is that it is a less complex version of the 2007.  It is worth the price but grab the 2007 if you see it.  Anyone else agree?  The 2008 Domaine Leon Barral represents the base cuvee.  This was an enjoyable, interesting wine that contains that wild character I wish the 2008 Ermitage had.  I cannot wait to try Barral’s 2008 Jadis and Valiniere!  I would love to receive comments from anyone who has drunk older vintages.  I continue to enjoy both of these producers and recommend that you try their wines as well.

2008 Ermitage du Pic Saint Loup, Tour de Pierres, Pic Saint Loup
This wine is a blend of 50% Syrah, 40% Grenache, and 10% Mourvedre from 30-40 year old vines.  The wine was aged for 12 months.  This wine has a clean nose of Kirsch and pink grapefruit.  In the mouth there are fresh flavors of raspberry and tart red fruit. There are notes of pepper. The very fine tannins that cause your mouth to pucker in the aftertaste.

2008 Domaine Leon Barral, Faugeres
This wine is a blend of Grenache, Carignan, and Cinsault from whole clusters that were vinified and matured in tank.  This wine started off with a “grassy” nose according to Jenn.  With air the nose became aromatic with raspberries mixed with concentrated rustic berry notes.  There were ample flavors of red fruits to start followed by pure blue fruits that added to the mix.  This was quite interesting in the mouth with its wild character and pure, grapey tannins.  I would give this a year to settle down.

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