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So good we reserved every last bottle of it - but it probably won't last till Christmas 2021.
This is a beauty of a St Laurent everyone should taste.
If you aren't familiar with St Laurent this would be a definite puzzler of a wine, showing its more "pinot-ey" side especially in the nose.
In the nose there is all the forest on a summer walk, as you can get in Pinot too.
Once you sip the wine it's definitively not Pinot - more tannins, for one, beautiful smooth fruit, and the animal side is a very different beast from a Pinot.
|Arrival Date||13 Sep 2021|
|Style||Red, Still, Dry, Single Variety|
|Last Tasted||3 Jul 2021|
|Winemaking||Matured on the Lees, Unfiltered, Low Added Sulphur, Malolactic|
|Aged In||Steel, Foudre (big wood)|
|Key Features||Unoaked, Reserve, Low Intervention, Old Vines, Single Vineyard, Vegetarian and Vegan|
|Available from||Brigitte Bordeaux, Corkage, Cornelius Wine and Beer, Dulwich Vintners, DVine Cellars, The Good Wine Shop , Grape Minds, Islington Wines, The Salusbury Wine Store, Sarahs Cellar, Vineyards Wine Shop, Vinotopia, Vino Vero, The Wine Reserve, The Wine Twit, Woburn Wine Cellar|
|Bought In (year)||2020|
The wine produced is from 22 year old vines from the Trift vineyard and is one of the best top quality St. Laurent around and is unusual in that its oaked.
Concentration of flavour is the focus in the vineyard with spring pruning and green harvesting aiming to lower yields. They harvest at the end of September , depending on the weather. St Laurent is a bit of a Diva! It's high maintenance with varying harvest yields (in 2012 only 4,000kg translating into 1,400 bottles in the cellar).
The wine undergoes a 20-28 post fermentation maceration. Its then put into 225L French oak barriques with a medium toast (a mix of 1st/2nd/3rd Fill).
A small amount of SO2 added after this and the wine is left in barrel for 12 months.
This produces a multi layered wine with a powerful bouquet, some fine smoke, lots of tertiary meaty, savoury notes followed by some dark spicy fruit. Its definitely the more animal side of St. Laurent