Bruno Lafon (from Domaine des Comtes Lafon) came to the Languedoc in 1999, leaving his native Burgundy behind, in search of new promising terroirs. He was able to acquire a number of superb vineyards from a large existing operation, and the new Domaine Magellan was born.
The stony vineyards that produce the grapes for the classic French blend being offered this week clearly demonstrate why the land he chose is so productive. The rocky soil drains easily thus avoiding water stagnation which helps fight against vine pests and diseases. Moreover, the soil composition stores just the right amount of moisture in the soil to ward off soil dryness. These are slightly acidic soils and produce very minerally wines with polished tannins. The following varietals are planted on these soils: Syrah, Grenache and Cinsault.
Adjacent to these vineyards is an area called “Les Caves de Paris”. These vineyards are true Mediterranean terroir; compact clay which retains water in summer and pebble stones which store and radiate the sun’s heat at night. This area produces very powerful, rich and spicy wines. Tannins are very present but thanks to the good level of acidity are always fresh. These varietals are planted on these soils: Grenache, Carignan and Tempranillo.
On offer this week is an excellent example of a thoughtfully blended wine from the Languedoc area of southern France: the 2013 Domaine Magellan Syrah Grenache Carignan. This wine had only been bottled for a short time when I first tasted it at the winery last Fall. It has improved with bottle age and will continue to blossom with short term cellaring…if you can keep your hands off!
The 2013 Domaine Magellan Syrah Grenache Carignan is available for immediate delivery. There are only 20 cases available so email or call us at 416-463-4677. This wine will go with just about anything off the BBQ. I enjoyed this wine last night with a cheeseburger and ratatouille…PERFECT!
To your continued good health!