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The 2009 Domaine d’Aupilhac, Coteaux du Languedoc


The Aupilhac Vineyard, Image from Domaine d'Aupilhac

Sylvain Fadat founded Domaine d’Aupilhac back in 1989.  The fruit for this wine is sourced from the Aupilhac and Les Cocalieres vineyards.  The 13.5 hectare Aupilhac vineyard dates from the founding of the domaine in 1989, lies at 100 meters, and is rich in fossils.  The 8 hectare Les Cocalieres land was acquired in 1998.  Located in a volcanic amphitheater at 350 meters, tremendous effort was exerted to clear the land so that it could be planted.  Today the domaine is organic with biodynamic principles applied to bottling.

The Cocalieres Vineyard, Image from Domaine d'Aupilhac

My previous experience with Domaine d’Aupilhac is limited to the 2007 vintage of this cuvee.  Both Jenn and I really enjoyed the 2007 vintage and also enjoyed the 2009. Though the 2007 benefitted from the extra bottle age, I believe it has a wilder nature than this tight 2009 vintage.  I certainly recommend picking up several bottles of the 2009 but make sure you cellar this for at least three years before trying again.  This wine is available at MacArthur Beverages.

2009 Domaine d’Aupilhac, Coteaux du Languedoc, Montpeyroux – $18
Imported by Kermit Lynch.  This wine is a blend of 30% Mourvedre, 30% Carignan, 25% Syrah, 10% Grenache, and 5% Cinsault fermented with indigenous yeasts then aged for 20 months in small tuns and barrels.  This young wine was drunk over two nights.  There are somewhat dense, powdery black fruit with rather fine, drying tannins which coat the inside of the lips.  There are some herbs flavors along with acidity which is subtle and supportive. The flavors turn cool in the finish with a mineral note.  There are ample tannins in the finish.  Start drinking this wine between 2015-2020.

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