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2009 - L'oustal Blanc Minervois 'giocoso'

Item No. 72942

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92-93 Pts David Schildknecht - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

From the Critics:

  • "From tank, the l'Oustal Blanc 2009 Minervois Giocoso - incorporating some Cinsault along with its usual Grenache, Syrah, and Carignan - is redolent of incense, freshly-baked ginger cookies, and confitured cherry and black raspberry. Thickly and seamlessly rich, it displays, surprisingly, no greater sense of superficial sweetness than the corresponding 2008 (the leavening or fluxing effect of the Cinsault perhaps decisive in this regard). For all of its high-alcohol richness this also evinces an uncanny sense of finishing buoyancy of a sort that growers are quick to attribute to the magic of chalk and clay. There is terrific grip and lingering spice here yet without any objectionable heat, while a sustained sense of salinity serves for saliva inducement. This ought to superbly for at least 6-8 years." (06/11) - 92-93 Pts David Schildknecht - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
  • "More refined, elegant, and lively, the 2009 Giocoso is a similar blend to the '08, yet has a splash of Cinsault that lends notable freshness to both the nose and palate. It shows superb complexity and beautiful purity of fruit, with more red berry and spice driven aromas to go with incredible minerality, spring flowers, seaweed, and licorice on both the nose and palate. Also full-bodied and elegant on the palate, with a balanced, juicy mouth feel, layers of ripe tannin, and fantastic precision and length on the finish, it blossoms over the evening and has serious class and depth. While the 08 has a certain southern Rhone like chewiness, the minerality and mouth feel here are almost reminiscent of a young Nebbiolo. It will benefit from another 1-2 years in the cellar, and drink nicely for over a decade." (03/13) - 93 Pts Jeb Dunnuck - The Rhone Report

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  • ABV

    14.0%
  • Vintage

    2009
  • Color

    Red
  • Organic

    No
  • BioDynamic

    No
  • Closure Type

    Cork
  • Collectable

    No
  • Kosher

    No
  • Sparkling

    No
  • Dessert

    No
  • Taste

    black currant, blackberry, dust, leather, currant, blueberry, strawberry, cherry, raspberry, licorice, anise, vanilla, and musk
  • Nose

    vanilla, toast, smoke, tobacco, dark fruit, red fruit, spice box, cedar, violet, rose petal, oak, mushroom, game, tar, and dust

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