Friday, December 9, 2011

Rating: **** $$ Domaine Sainte Leocadie, Fernand Averoux, 2006, Minervois, France - BEST VALUE

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Original Review, January, 2008:

This Domaine Sainte Leocadie is from the Languedoc-Roussillon region of France, an appelation called Minervois.

In the glass, it is dark, mahogany red. It has a sweet, candied aroma, akin to an intense beaujolais, with an ashen overtone.

On the palate, it bursts forth in the front of your mouth, with impressive, intense, black fruit berry flavors, supported by a clean, firm acid finish and a hint of trailing tannin. I'd try it again. Three stars out of five.

Updated review, almost four years later,  December, 2011:   Consistent color.  Nose is definite old world, showing cellar, funk and old world fruit.  Powerful and balanced fruit attack the mid-palate, bringing juicy, lavender-y, ripe blackberry, with surrounding acids that perk up the experience.  Awesome, aromatic balance.  Now three stars with a plus for aromas and balance.  Good value.

Following long decant, full day kept cool in partially filled bottle: Nose now shows the lavender fruit and blackberry.  Palate remains bright, rich, layered and perfumed.  This just barely touches four stars now (wonderful flavors, missing some intensity however).  It becomes a best value.

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