2016 Mas Llossannes ‘Au Dolmen’ Cotes Catalanes, Roussillon, France
Score: 90/100 points
The ‘Au Dolmen’ cuvée is Mas Llossanes’ main wine, made from old vines under the IGP Côtes Catalanes appellation.
This is a blend of 73% Carignan, 15% Syrah, and 12% Chenanson fermented by indigenous yeasts (wild yeasts) in stainless steel tanks then aged in used oak barrels.
Overall Wine Review & Tasting Impression
A Roussillon red wine a dark and rather intense color as is expected from the area, deep red with purple hues.
The aromatic profile throws powerful notes of volcanic ashes, mineral and reductive notes of Sulphur compounds at first. Make sure to decant half an hour prior to serving.
Give it some time to breathe, and the wine starts to open up. You’ll be rewarded by deep notes of cocoa, blackberry and dark purple plum, with rare herbal and spicy characters of thyme, rosemary, and black pepper.
The dense and powerful palate features raw granulous tannins with a solid concentration, a vibrant acidity underlining shiny red berry fruit characters, and a good overall balance in a warming, comforting feel we enjoy in wines from Southern France.
Plenty of earthy notes, a dry and ashy feel, make for a rather austere tasting experience counter-balancing the opulence and richness of the fruit character, and the heat of the obvious spiciness.
A complex and interesting Roussillon red, filled with a hearty personality and solid concentration, although one doesn’t necessarily perfectly see while tasting where the focus point is in the blend here. The reductive notes are probably involved in blurring the lines.
A wine that demands for rich and fragrant foods like grilled meats, hearty stews or tapas to make for a more complete and enjoyable sense.