Founded in 1998 by Ron Laughton at Jasper Hill and Michel Chapoutier from Chapoutier after realising the similarities in their approach to a wine growing philosophy and the expression of terroir in their wines a joint venture was born. Cuttings from Ron's Jasper Hill Shiraz vines and Michel from his famed Hermitage Hill Vineyards in the Rhone Valley with the intention of ending up with a vineyard planted to half Australian vines and half French vines. This wine is from a small vineyard around the little village of Latour de France, in the hilly catchment of the Agly River.
From a more difficult vintage that struggled with ripeness, the 2014 Cotes du Roussillon is shockingly good. A 60/40 blend of Syrah and Grenache–and the first vintage to not incorporate Carignan–it has incredible purity and elegance to go with lots of kirsch, black raspberry, violets, crushed rock and olive tapenade characteristics. Also medium to full-bodied, with beautiful concentration and ultra-fine tannin, this will most likely surpass the 2013, yet I suspect it will drink at an earlier age. While the 2013 was harvest on September 15 (and this was a cool year), the 2014 wasn’t brought in until the September 25. Again, these cuvees are made in tiny quantities, so don’t miss a chance to try this. Tasted: Apr 2015; Rating: 94-97 Points; Jeb Dunnuck; Robert Parker The Wine Advocate
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