Chateau Saint-Roch - Kerbuccio 2020
The Kerbuccio has risen, morphed from its previous form into a new creation. Deeper, darker more intense and powerful. It's back!
Sounds like some sort of crazy Japanese graphic novel! This gem from the famed Jean Marc Lafage has returned... and I still have no idea what the name means... but it sure is fun to say! Even more fun to drink!
Gone is the Syrah and Mourvedre in the wine... online now is 80% Grenache and 20% Carignan grown in the black schist soils... hmm... very similiar to the licorella of Priorat... both in soil, weather and grapes... I don't think you even want to know what a Priorat would average at this quality level! At the best price in the country, this is an incredible buy!
While Jean-Marc Lafage is best known for his vineyards south of Perpignan he grew up near Maury where, as a teenager, he tended his first vineyard and made his first wine. So when the opportunity presented to purchase an estate here, how could he refuse? Maury is probably best know for its aged, fortified wines, which means that it’s really not that well known at all. When was the last time you had a Maury? Located in the Agly Valley, this region of the Roussillon is rugged, sheltered, and warm with distinctive black schist soils. These are the characteristics that make the terroir unique and in recognition of this fact as well as the prevailing trend in favor of dry wines, the AOC of Maury Sec was created. Maury Sec is darker, more mineral and more brooding in general than wines from the rest of the Roussillon.
Wine Advocate: 92+ Points
“A blend of 65% Grenache, 30% Syrah and 5% Mourvèdre from black-schist soils, the 2020 Maury Sec Château Saint-Roch Kerbuccio is a terrific effort, marked by scents of cracked pepper and menthol, crushed stone, black cherries, black olives and black licorice. And yes, it's dark-hued as well. Medium to full-bodied, it's concentrated and intense but silky in feel, with a long, elegant finish. It's a terrific value in a hearty, but ready-to-drink red.”
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