Off Topic: Domaine Gros Tollot Tasting
Meredith of Glengarry Wine Beer and Spirits Thorndon hosted a free horizontal tasting of wines from the husband and wife team Anne Gros (of Burgundy fame) and Jean Paul Tollot, out of their vineyards centred around the beautiful village of Minerve in the Languedoc.
This was funny – only last week L and I were watching my recording of Stage 11 of the Tour de France 2016, and when the broadcast helicopter circled about Minerve, both of us said how much we would love to visit such a beautiful place…
I first tried their Les Combettes Marsellan 2014, their La 50/50 Vin de Tables Grenache Syrah Carignan 2014 and L’O de la Vie Syrah 2014, all were pleasant and a good intro. My general impressions of the wines were that they were poised, and showed a great sense of place. The winemaking was simple and straightforward, built on good fruit quality. This sense impression only built and built as I tasted through the wines. There were delightful aromas, the palate was packed with flavour, with great extract and really interesting.
Their La Cinso Cinsault 2014 was lovely and fragrant, their La 8 Grenache 2014 ripe and flavoursome, and their Les Fontanilles Syrah Grenache Carignan Cinsault 2014 a complete and balanced wine – Meredith’s fav – and very fine.
But the wine I had to bring home for a closer look was:
Domain Anne Gros Jean Paul Tollot La Ciaude Minervois Cazelles 2014 – $$$
Rich ruby colour. 14% alc.
Fragrant, smoky and savoury. Yum. Delightful red fruits. Showing power and complexity.
To taste, bright intense fruit, with raspy tannins. Big acid. Not very balanced, this wine needs another five years to marry up, but was still exciting and thrilling to drink now. Being young, I appreciate it as a statement of intent, rather than arrival.
Striking label colour too!