Chateau La Roque Pic St Loup Cuvee Mouvedre 2014
Chateau La Roque Pic St Loup Cuvee Mouvedre 2014 | Bottle Price: $19.99 | Case Price: $215.90
I’m somewhat astonished that I was able to get a wine of this caliber in the Club this month. Château La Roque is a historic and beautiful estate located in a picturesque landscape in the Languedoc-Roussillon region. Winemaker Cyriaque Rozier is an incredible talent and crafts wines that are soulful, rich, and delicious. The vines for this cuvee are 50-60 years old. Grapes are hand-harvested, destemmed, fermented in cement tank then aged 18 months in large old barrel.
This wine is 100% Mourvedre. It boasts powerful aromatics of wild herbs, smoke, violets, and black cherry. It really draws you in. It’s smooth on the tongue with lots of plump black fruit and smoked herbs. This wine is built to pair with roasts, stews, and game. A more surprising but delicious pairing? Try this recipe for a Salad of Roasted Beets with Duck Confit. This rich, fatty, salty duck and earthy, sweet beets are a lovely foil against the herbal, smoky, dark fruited wine.
Mourvedre is a thick-skinned grape variety. It is known for it’s meaty, herbal flavors (especially at La Roque where wild herbs grow among the vines) and for its tannic structure. It makes wines that age well in the cellar and that pair well with robust cuisine. Mourvedre is often used in blends, most notably in Chateauneuf-du-Pape and Bandol.