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L’azerolle 2009, Old Vine Carignan From the Minervois

I was in the new Battersea Market not long ago and came upon the
Posted 23rd September 2011        
     

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I was in the new Battersea Market not long ago and came upon the folks from DVine Wine who had set up a small stall in the market.

DVine are a great bunch of people and are doing their best to bring organic and biodynamic wines to the public’s attention.

Greg and Sara of DVine Wine are fighting an uphill battle to change people’s perception of just what is organic/biodynamic wine as despite all the attention it’s been getting lately, there is still the lingering feeling that the wine is just not as good as “regular” wine.

DVine  have gone straight to the public with their market stall and have plenty of wines on open so that consumers can actually taste before they buy. Greg says it’s a great way to silence naysayers, as once they try the wine and like it, it’s that much easier to get them to change their minds about organic/biodynamic wines. See, not all of it is made by bearded hippies (although, I’m sure their are still some about) but rather by dedicated and caring small producers who strive to make the best wine possible without chemical intervention and/also in harmony with the environment.

France was one of the first countries to embrace biodynamic and organic principles in their winemaking techniques.

I tried an old vines Carignan that Greg had opened that day. The L’azerolle 2009 is a fantastic wine. It hails from the Languedoc -Roussillon region of southern France which is known for it’s more robust and charismatic wines.

I really enjoyed drinking this wine; at first sniff, it was very aromatic: I felt as if I had stuck my nose into a bowl of very ripe raspberries along with a slight herbal tinge to the nose. A very concentrated and intense palate of licorice, toast ripe raspberry and dark cherry. The wine was carbonically macerated which means that it was fermented in a closed tank with CO2 added which helped to minimize the often harsh tannins that carignan can have, especially if it’s not aged for some time. I found the tannins to be rounded but still having a bit of bite to them.

I enjoyed this glass with a grilled sausage and a tomato, feta, halloumi and olive salad. And, wow! The dark red fruits of this wine really jumped out and there was a sweet ripe red fruit finish to the wine. As the afternoon wore on, the wine continued to show wonderfully.

DVine Wine sell this cracker of a wine online and at Battersea Market for £10.50. A definite gem for the winedrinker who wants a wine with a bit of personality as well as something to go with dinner.

     

2 Responses to “L’azerolle 2009, Old Vine Carignan From the Minervois”

  1. OOPS the first link to the DVine takes you a USA website, nothing to do with the one featured in the article – try http://www.dvinewine.co.uk/ or the last link in the article.

  2. Thanks for spotting that Nell – I’ve updated it now.

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