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September 06, 2006

04 Chateau Maris, Minervois La Liviniere Syrah La Touge

It could be Cote-Rotie. But sourced from just southwest of the Rhone in Minervois, the syrah here comes off even spicier than its famously sun-baked cousin. La Touge is an aroma-driven wine that manages to offer exactly the same blended flavor on every sip without ever getting dull. Nothing develops. It smells and tastes mathematical, a precise formula of seared sirloin, fresh blacktop, chewy bacon fat, green peppercorns, and Maille mustard. Dead petals of violet settle like fall leaves in the background. This is a meaty, incredibly masculine syrah with firm, smoky tannins. If the fresh raspberry flavor (thin but powerful like a consomme) that does eventually emerge was a bit denser on the palate--a hallmark of the 2002--I would have cleared the entire lot off the market.

2 Comments:

Anonymous Dave said...

Nilay,

Thank you for this tasting note! This is exactly the kind of wine I've been craving lately (wine's answer to meat), but I wasn't sure whether the Maris was Yin or Yang.

Dave

8:10 PM  
Blogger Nilay Gandhi said...

It's a cool wine, just be careful. Its lack of concentration can get annoying, but the 04 Touge is still worth spending some time with--especially if a lean steak happens to hit the grill.

8:19 PM  

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