Thursday, March 27, 2008
Hi again, Today I thought I'd talk about a concept for a wine that very much intrigued me, the wines from St. Jean de Bebian in the the Couteaux du Languedoc (in the south part of France).
This company makes two very nice red wines that we carry. The top cuvee is called Prieure de St. Jean de Bebian. Its a great modern French red. The winery in the late 80's and early 90's took the best of the "noble" grapes allowed in the Coteaux du Langedoc region from wineries that produced those grapes at the highest level in France. The grapes are Syrah, Grenache and Mourvedre, plus the famed 13 grape blend from Chateauneuf-du-Pape.
Each of the grapes was cloned from the best producers; the Syrah from Chave in Hermitage, the Mourvedre from Domaine Tempier in Bandol, the Grenache from Chateau Rayas in Chateauneuf-du-Pape, as well as the 13 grape blend. All of these were selected by the wine maker and vineyard manager at the respective vineyards, then cloned to create the vines that were planted at St. Jean De Bebian's Site. Its a very interesting concept to clone the best vines and use grapes from them planted in similar soil types to make a new wine. This wine retails for $38.99, and the sister product, La Chapelle de Bebian retails for $16.99.
When I tasted these wines they were both impressive and quite good. The Prieure is a dark purple with brownish edges, and smelled of dark fruit, herbs and just a hint of wood, and in the 10 minutes it was open here it gained an impressive weight and hint of bacon fat. Just an amazing intense and great wine. The Chapelle was also quite good, and as it's meant to be drunk younger, it was lighter and fresher, with great fruit and good balance and acidity, less weight to be sure, but still nice extraction and complexity. All in all a winery to check out.
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