Château de Lancyre
Pic Saint Loup La Coste D’Aleyrac 2016, Château de Lancyre
France / Languedoc
Andy's Tasting Notes
50% Syrah, 40% Grenache, 10% Carignan.
There is a very appealing and moreish quality to this rounded Southern French red, with full flavour yet juicy hedgerow fruits complemented by hints of black olives, wild herbs and spice. Produced with no oak treatment which really allows the fruit to shine.
‘Aleyrac’ is a magnificent tiny Romanesque chapel dating from the 12th century, set amongst vineyards.
Price per bottle £13.50
20km from Montpellier, in the Pic St Loup appellation, lies the commune of Valflaunes, home to Château de Lancyre. The long-overlooked style and quality of this increasingly fashionable appellation has now been recognised and awarded the ‘Grand Cru de Languedoc’ status.
The Durand and Valentin families have been the proprietors for four generations and look after 75 hectares of vines which are divided into three main blocks: Clapassous, located around the Romanesque chapel of Aleyrac, Les Couronnes, the estate’s coolest site on hard limestone soils, and Valflaunès on red soils and limestone scree. The vines here average 25 years old and are planted to a density of 5500 vines per hectare. The soil is predominantly clay and limestone. The yield is around 50 hl per ha. The harvest is a combination of a specially adapted machine and hand picking.
Food matchSpiced roasted vegetables