2012 Domaine de l'Hortus, Grande Cuvée Rouge, Pic Saint Loup

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Syrah, Grenache and Mourvèdre share the honours in this outstanding and very well named wine. After twelve months in barrel (some 225 litres, some 400 litres) the aromatics are wonderfully seductive, the oak in no way influencing a hymn to Mediterranean sunshine; blackberry, sloe and cherry, with a sprig of rosemary. The palate is equally poised, its tannins reassuringly fine and its fruit fulsome but far from overbearing. The Mourvèdre adds a spicy kick, grounding the higher notes of the Syrah but in no way compromising the pleasure principle. Drink now to 2018. Simon Field MW, Wine Buyer The