Sunday, May 27, 2018

Wine Review: Domaine de Magnaut l'Esprit Passion Tannat 2014

Domaine de Magnaut l'Esprit Passion Tannat 2014

Thanks to Heavenly Spirits I'm reviewing five wines by Domaine de Magnaut out of Gascony, France. I started with their Equilibre de Manseng 2014 and Euphorie de Rosé 2016, Les Hauts de Boilin 2014Manseng Sec 2014, and now I'm cleaning up with Tannat 2014.

Paul Scott of Heavenly Spirits says: Domaine de Magnaut is a family owned winery in the Armagnac Tenareze region of Gascony. They also produce Armagnac and Floc. Jean Marie Terraube and his wife run the winery and four diverse vineyards. They harvest Tannat, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah (for rosé), gros and petite Manseng in all four vineyards. Most of their production is sold from the winery. They are Designated "vigneron Independant".

The l'Esprit Passion 2014 Tannat is a a Cotes de Gascogne Rouge that's 100% Tannat; a black grape variety native to France that's notorious for its astringent tannin. The final ABV is 13%.

The color of the wine is a deep burgundy with a twist of purple. Licorice and pre-lit, but stomped out, tobacco are the first aromas to hit your nostrils. Then there's blackberries, black olives, and vanilla. On the palate it's full bodied with a high acidity that's balanced off with strong, fine-grained tannin. There's flavors of cherries, plums, black olives, and mocha. The finish of plums and mocha go on for awhile but it's that finely grained tannin that shines. It's there, and it wants your attention, but it doesn't suck the saliva right out of your mouth.

This is a beautiful Tannat with just the right mix of elegance and grit. I want to get this in the hands of the common steak-and-potatoes Cabernet manly-man drinker, tell him to grill up that steak and have it with this bottle, and change his outlook on wine forever.

Price: $21
Rating: 4.5/5 = Recommended / Highly Recommended (what does that mean?)

The bottle used was supplied free of charge for the purpose of this unpaid review thanks to Heavenly Spirits. To have your wine reviewed follow this link.


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