The Languedoc region of southern France produces oceans of cheap, uninteresting wine. (A few years ago the government even paid vignerons to pull up vines to limit overproduction.) But if you know where to look, the region is also the source for some excellent wines and terrific values.
Today’s syrah-based wine is from St-Chinian, a small area of wonderful terroir high in a pocket of schist- and limestone-covered hills. Clos Bagatelle’s 2019 “Fil de Soi” got an extra year of élévage (not in oak) because of a pandemic bottle-shortage, and delay was a blessing in disguise. The texture is silky smooth and delicious, fleshy and rich. The nose bursts with dark fruit and spice, and the mouth shows plums mingled with a pleasant earthiness.
Pour at your next barbecue.
Bagatelle St-Chinian “Fil de Soi” 2019
bottle price: $25
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