Thursday, September 19, 2019

Wine Review: Domaine Laurens Pierres Rouges Marcillac 2016


Domaine Laurens was founded in 1975 right in the heart of the Marcillac wine region. They have 21 hectares of land and produce red, white, and rosé wines. Wait, Marcillac? What the heck is that? Marcillac is in the Aveyron department of southern France, near the city of Rodez. I don't think I've ever had a wine from Marcillac before. Maybe I have and just don't know it or recall.

And the same can be said for the grape that this wine is made from: Fer Servadou, AKA Fer, Pinenc,  and Mansois. It's mostly grown in the southern France regions of Marcillac, Gaillac, and Béarn. According to Wikipedia, "Fer is French for iron (Latin Ferrum), a reference to the very hard and 'iron-like' wood of the vine's above ground canopy".

Have you even heard of Fer Servadou? I'm sure I have at some point in my studies but had forgotten about it, and I've certainly never have had a wine made from it.  So without ferther servadou (see what I did there?) let's pop this bottle open!

The color of the wine is garnet. On the nose there's aromas of black cherries, raisins, vanilla, earth, and copper. On the palate it's medium bodied with a bit of a tart acidity and soft tannin. There's flavors of black cherries, prunes, chocolate, graphite, with a metallic thing going on there. Then it finishes with prunes, licorice, alcohol, and nickel.

I really liked this! Soft with nice fruit but still a little rustic. It's almost like a cross between a Chinon and Beaujolais. Delicious!

QUALITY VS PRICE RATING
Price: $17
Rating: 4/5 = Recommended (what does that mean?)

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

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