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WINE OF THE MONTH: Clos du Causse 2015

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Guy Vanlancker

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Guy Vanlancker

Originally from Belgium, Guy Vanlancker is the kingpin of the Combe Blanche vineyard, which Popsss has followed enthusiastically since the start, notably due to the audacity of their choices of grape varieties. Established in the village of La Livinière, he is one of 40 winemakers producing the vintage of the same name, a series of 350 hectares scattered across the 2,700 hectares of the official Minervois appellation region. Guy Vanlancker cultivates one and half hectares of vines on the slopes of Félines under his own name (rather than under the banner of the Combe Blanche vineyard) to produce this "unidentified wine object": the Clos du Causse.

Clos du Causse

The petit causse nature area lies among the foothills of the Montagne Noire mountain range. Guy Vanlancker’s north-facing vineyard is staggered on three clay-limestone terraces, the largest of which is planted with Grenache, which is consequently the main variety in the blend. “Grenache Noir, which is not prominent in the La Livinière blends, deserves more attention in my view. It is not as opulent and tannic as Syrah; I like its elegance, its smoothness and its length”, the winemaker says. Eight thousand bottles of Clos du Causse 2015 were produced. Every year, juries made up of winemakers, sommeliers and journalists select the ambassadors of the La Livinière vintage. In 2019, the Clos du Causse was the favourite of the jury of journalists. 

Harvested by hand, stemming, fermentation with marc for three weeks and matured in tanks for 15 months.  

 

   Intense dark red robe.

   Deep nose marked by raspberries, blackberries and blueberries with spicy hints.

  Silky and distinguished in the mouth, with aromatic freshness and powerful fruits. Fine tannic frame. Very good length.

   Red meat, cassoulet, duck breast, dark chocolate.

   17-18°C

Data sheet

CountryFrance
RegionLanguedoc
DomainGuy Vanlancker
CuvéeClos du Causse
Vintage2016
AppellationAOP Minervois La Livinière
Colourred
Characterdry
Dominant grape varietyGrenache
Blend75% Grenache - 25% Syrah
Bottle size75 cl
Alcohol14.5%
Aging potential6-7 years

Opinion

Philippe T 13 / 09
Une superbe découverte !

Popsss est, à ma connaissance, l’unique webshop à vendre ce vin en Belgique. Il est gourmand, croquant, sur le fruit, avec une magnifique fraîcheur malgré sa teneur en alcool.

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    WINE OF THE MONTH: Clos du Causse 2015

    WINE OF THE MONTH: Clos du Causse 2015

    Guy Vanlancker

    WINE OF THE MONTH

    Plump - Long

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