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.
The current vintage is the 2015 Côtes du Roussillon Villages and it's the same blend as the 2016, with 70% Syrah and 30% Grenache. This cuvee comes all from Gneiss (pronounced “nice”) soils, was completely destemmed and spent 18 months in concrete tanks. It’s a sensational 2015 that offers notes of blackcurrants, blackberries, chocolate, licorice and roasted herbs. Rich, full-bodied, unctuous and downright sexy, with moderate acidity and building tannin, drink this powerhouse beauty anytime over the coming 5-7 years or more. Tasted: Apr 2017; Drink: 2017-2025; Rating: 95 Points; Jeb Dunnuck; Robert Parker The Wine Advocate
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