2015 Clos de l'Anhel "Les Terrassettes" Corbières (Previously $17) SKU #1297566

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Tasting Notes

Our dear friend and vigneron Sophie Guiraudon is always such a delight to visit. Her vineyards are in one of the higher altitude parts of Corbières. I met winemaker Sophie Guiraudon a while back at the organic wine fair Millesime Bio. It's an annual event where organic winemakers from all over the world gather to show their wines. She adores Carignan as a grape variety and has become one of its great champions in the region. She also farms delicious Grenache, Syrah and a tiny amount of Mourvèdre. We call her the one-woman wrecking crew, as she farms, performs all of her organic treatments and makes the wines all by herself. She has such spirit and an exceptional eye for quality, she has become a distinctive voice in the region. The region is kind of a hodgepodge of soil types but Sophie's vines are planted on silty clay-limestone. Her "Les Terrassettes" is a blend of 65% Carignan, 25% Syrah, 6% Grenache, and 4% Mourvèdre. Everything is hand harvested and destemmed prior to fermentation. The wine is lively with notes of black raspberry, roasted plum, allspice, and garrigue. It is medium full, fresh, and expressive. It catches what can be done in the region with a fine hand behind the winemaking. Pair this lovely wine with grilled game birds like quail or squab. Duck would be great too. Maybe a little lamb if you feel up for it. (Keith Mabry, K&L French Regional buyer)

Staff Reviews

  • Diana Turk
    By: Diana Turk
    K&L Staff Member
    I'm shocked by this price! A stellar release from Sophie Guiraudon of the powerhouse women's wine collective Les Vinifilles, the lively, organically-farmed Terrassettes shows darker berry fruit and more structure than previous vintages, with spice and black pepper through the velvety finish. This is a delicious, sophisticated wine but still pairs well with casual meals. Get it while you still can.
  • Jeffrey Jones
    By: Jeffrey Jones
    K&L Staff Member
    This wonderful wine from Corbieres has a lot to offer. It is lively and bold with rich and round dark fruit flavors that has subtle savory undertones. Although the Les Terrassettes is juicy it is medium bodied which makes it go well with food such as Lamb or fowl.
  • Keith Mabry
    By: Keith Mabry
    K&L Staff Member
    At my visit to the Millesime Bio Organic Wine Fair this past February, I had a chance to catch up with Sophie and her remarkable wines. Sophie excels with her non-intervention style producing wines reflective of her beautiful terroir in Corbieres all while farming organically. Oh yeah, and she does it all by herself! The 2014 was a rousing success with its polished tannins and lithe structure. The 2015 sits more generously in bottle than the 2014 though. Deeper purple fruit and a more intense perfume on the nose still finds a wine with beautiful polish but more heft and generosity. I expect the 2015 to have a long life ahead of it but it is such a pleasure to drink now.
  • John Majeski
    By: John Majeski
    K&L Staff Member
    Sophie Guiraudon, the engaging force of nature behind Clos de l’Anhel, belongs to an affiliation of savvy women vignerons in the Languedoc, “The Vinfilles”, who consent to being “adepts of the pleasure and richness of their profession, beautiful, rebellious, active, greedy, friendly, sociable and dynamic.” All of the above. When we had the opportunity to meet Sophie last year, she poured her latest wines and enthralled all with her deep knowledge of the,Corbieres region and its amazing tapestry of soils and microclimates. The Terrassettes satisfies on many levels, as a great everyday red of course, but like many of her wines, has the structure and balance to mature over several years. Rich and robust plum, raspberry, earth and spice flavors meld beautifully on the firm palate, with polished tannins and splendid acidity. All of the rebellious, sociable and friendly qualities you could ask for in a wine!
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