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Two Recent Release from Domaine du Pas de l’Escalette


We recently tried new vintages of two wines from Domaine du Pas de l’Escalette.  Back in April we rather enjoyed  their 2009 Les petit pas along with a couple of their other wines.  The wines of this domaine are fermented with indigenous yeasts in conical wooden containers then aged in vats and oak casks.  Both of these wines will greatly benefit from short-term aging.  I thoroughly enjoyed Les grand pas with the beautiful, floral components to the nose and mouth.  With approximately $10 price differences between Les petits pas, Les clapas, and le grand pas I would recommend buying the $13 Les petit pas to drink while the $35 Les grand pas ages.  These wines are available at MacArthurs.

2009 Domaine du Pas de l’Escalette, Les clapas, Languedoc – $22
Imported by Elite Wines.  This wine is a blend of 40% Grenache, 30% Carignan, 20% Cinsault, and 10% Syrah.  This nose was more aromatic than le grand pas with redder fruit.  In the mouth the pure, clean, red fruit was grapier with grape-like tannins.  With air the flavors tilt towards cranberry.  I would cellar this for two to three years.

2009 Domaine du Pas de l’Escalette, le grand pas, Languedoc – $35
Imported by Elite Wines.  This wine is a blend of 50% Grenache and 50% Carignan.  There is an interesting, light nose with a mixture of red fruits and delicate floral aromas.  In the mouth the focused, floral fruit reminded me of violets.  The flavors are light in weight, effortlessly going down ones throat all the way to the perfumed finish with a touch of tartness.  With air there are high-toned raspberry flavors, a saline quality, and stone dust that turns focused in the finish with tart flavors, fine tannins, and salivating acidity.  I would cellar this for two to three years before drinking.

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