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Three From Domaine Laguerre in Roussillon


Eric Laguerre took over the family estate Domaine Laguerre in 1999.  He farms 40 hectares of vines on the foothills between the Pyrenees and the Corbieres.  The vines are located on soils of sandy granite at 500 meters.  Natural composts are used in the vineyards instead of chemicals.  Vineyard tasks such as ploughing and pruning are carried out according to the lunar cycle.  The fruit is hand harvested.

The 2011 Laguerre, le passage is a decent wine for drinking right now.  Far more interesting and at the same price, the 2011 Laguerre, Eos really expresses the sandy granite soils.  With its attractive floral fruit you may drink this wine now or over the short-term.  The 2009 Laguerre, Le Ciste is in an awkward, youthful stage.  The fruit is attractive right now but the wine really needs time to resolve and integrate its tannins.  My recommendation is to pick up the Eos and Le Ciste.  These wines were purchased at Chambers Street Wines.

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2011 Domaine Laguerre, le passage, Cotes du Roussillon – $14
Imported by Fruit of the Vines.  This wine is a blend of 80% Carignan, 10% Grenache, and 10% Syrah which was fermented in then aged in barrels for eight months.  Alcohol 13%.  The grapier nose mixed with some spices.  The flavors were grapier in the mouth with black and purple fruit, watering acidity, and a hint of sweet spice.  This was a touch lighter than the Eos and is best for current drinking.  ** Now-2014.

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2011 Domaine Laguerre, Eos, Cotes du Roussillon – $14
Imported by Fruit of the Vines.  This wine is a blend of 80% Grenache and 20% Syrah which was fermented in tank then aged for 18 months in barrels.  Alcohol 14%.  The unusual nose made way to similar flavors in the mouth.  There was a little fat to the rather floral flavors with fine gravelly stones and a structural firmness in the finish.  The aftertaste brought a little citrus and wood.  With extended air the ripe stone note continued along with pleasantly present acidity.  This wine grew on me.  **(*) 2014-2019.

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2009 Domaine Laguerre, Le Ciste, Cotes du Roussillon – $16
Imported by Fruit of the Vines.  This wine is a blend of 60% Grenache, 30% Syrah, and 10% Carignan which is fermented in concrete tank then aged 12-15 months in casks and barrels.  Alcohol 14.5%.  The nose was very tight with a little heat.  The flavors became tighter with air leaving cool, dense, black fruit which was a touch spicy.  The drying tannins matched the baking spices and dry flavors.  There really was good fruit, with a touch of glycerine, which could almost envelope the structure but the tannic structure oscillated in nature, separating from the flavors  at times.  Leave it in the cellar.  **(*) 2016-2021.

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