Tasted five years after bottling, this wine still shows a core of dried strawberry and cherry flavor, but it's shaded by umami tones of balsamic, leather and mushroom. It's intoxicatingly rich on the palate but balanced freshly, edged by delicate tea tannins. This complex wine shows its savory side elegantly. (AI)
Full-bodied, rich and still somewhat tannic but approachable, the 2013 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Laurence features hints of mocha and leather layered over dark, plummy fruit, meaty, savory notes and a bit of dried herb. It's full-bodied and velvety, with lingering astringency on the finish. While it might smooth out a bit in time, I suspect it will always remain tannic, so pair it with grilled meats that will benefit from such a partner. (JC)
Made in vintages when the Férauds don’t produce Da Capo, Cuvée Laurence is a selection of the Cuvée Réservée that’s held for an extra 22 months in old oak barrels, for a total of 42 months in all. You can catch a suggestion of that oak when it’s first poured, a nutty sweetness that points up the wine’s rich earthy notes, but the fruit remains the focus. It’s uncannily bright and fresh, fragrant with floral herbs and taut in its grape-skin tannins, an energizing ray of light in an earthy, mature red.
A terrific expression from this domaine. Dark, earthy plums are swathed in mountain herbs and dark, stony minerals. The palate has a supple, suave core of fine tannins that thread flavors long through the finish. Drink or hold.
A terrific wine in the vintage, the 2013 Châteauneuf Du Pape Cuvée Laurence is the same blend as the Cuvée Réservée yet spent another year in barrel. It’s a medium to full-bodied, fresh, focused example of this cuvée that has classic garrigue, ground pepper, violets, and assorted darker fruits. It shows the cooler, more austere, focused style of the vintage, has a great texture, and is old-school magic all the way.
Mature, with smoky tobacco, bay leaf, menthol and savory notes emerging from the core of gently steeped black currant and blackberry fruit. Streaks of charcoal and leather line the finish, adding texture and length.
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