Thursday, February 18, 2010

Review: *** $ Domaine Sainte Leocadie Leukadios, Minervois, France, 2006 - Wine Tasting & Review

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Original Tasting and Review:

By way of background: Domaine Sainte Leocadie Leukadios from Minervois, France, is made by Anne and Thierry Bonnel, is a red Rhone blend from the Languedoc Roussillon area.  The 2006 vintage is finished at 14% alcohol.

In the glass: Domaine Sainte Leocadie Leukadios shows as deep purple red in the glass, opaque to within an inch of the edge.

On the nose: Poured cool with a brief decant and swirled vigorously, this Rhone blend shows a simple, fresh, red beaujolais-style nose.  

On the palate: The first element on the palate is consistent with the fruity, aromatic nose, but actually comes across as a bit darker and more dramatic.  Think charcoal-broiled beaujolais.  This is followed by a deep robe of dark fruit drawn in a mineral flow across your tongue.  Tannins and acids gently offset the fruit.

And the wrap-up: The finish flows with fine silty tannin and dark chocolate black cherry for a moderate length.  The fruity beaujolais nose comes back in the final moments.

In summary: Overall, an aromatically bright and yet darker palate experience, with balanced overtones. Rates three stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale, making it a best value at its attractive price.  I enjoyed this just about as much as the higher-priced Domaine Sainte Leocadie Fernand Averoux style.

Following a three-day decant under vacuum in a partially-filled bottle:  Nose has tamed and matured.  On the palate, this has taken on a sheik mineral-based glide, bringing the darkness and the fruit together in a balanced combination.  Held up nice to the extra time. 

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