This tasting took place in Bordeaux in April of this year and includes numerous estates from the South of France, including some blockbusters. There are also a handful of wines from Château Maris, which is a Minervois estate producing terrific, character-filled wines that don’t get the recognition they deserve. One of my greatest disappointments over the past few years has been the lack of time available to spend in the Languedoc and Roussillon as these regions are packed with interesting, singular, high-quality wines. While this small article is far from comprehensive, I hope these reviews inspire you to seek out some of these gems from these regions. Read the full article here

Les Amandiers 2017  94-96 Pts

Always one of my favorite releases from this terrific estate, the Syrah-dominated 2017 Les Amandiers (there’s some Grenache in the blend as well) offers a full-bodied, lively, yet deep and rich profile that carries stunning notes of cassis, black raspberries, olives, ground pepper, and Asian spices. It has good acidity, beautiful purity, terrific balance, and is a stunning Minervois that will keep for over a decade.

 Les Planels : 90-92 Pts

The 2017 Les Planels is a sweetly fruited, plush, hedonist beauty that gives up loads of ripe red and black fruits, toasted spices, chocolate, and incense aromas and flavors. With sweet tannins, medium to full body, no hard edges, and outstanding length, it’s ideal for drinking over the coming 6-8 years.

La Touge : 89-91 Pts

Leading off these new releases from Chateau Maris, the 2017 Syrah La Touge (there’s some Grenache in the blend as well) offers plenty of black and blue fruits as well as classic pepper, violets, and earthy aromas and flavors. It’s medium to full-bodied, juicy, balanced, and already delicious.