Favourite ("coup de cœur") of the Guide Hachette des Vins 2020
Domaine Combe Blanche
The story of his life should read “teacher”. But the call of the sun and the desire for something different were stronger than the rest, and Guy Vanlancker left rainy Belgium as soon as he had his diploma to establish his destiny in a superb vineyard in La Livinière, the first appellation village in the Languedoc (1999). Twelve hectares are under production, including eight in the AOC Minervois La Livinière and Minervois. His cellar, which lies right at the heart of the village, is surrounded by thick walls from old fortifications. With his son Ambroise, who now works with him, Guy Vanlancker has embarked upon an organic certification process for the vineyard (label expected for 2021).
La Galine comes from vines planted on some of the best plots of land on the estate and pruned high up to optimise the ripeness of the grapes. The different grape varieties are vinified separately and then blended at the beginning of winter.
Fairly dense colour and beautiful tears.
Powerful and spicy nose with hints of undergrowth.
Black fruits predominate on the palate, bringing crispness and a certain roundness. Harmonious tannins. Interesting length.
Many possible matches, with a preference for grilled red meats.
|Domain||Domaine Combe Blanche|
|Appellation||AOP Minervois La Livinière|
|Dominant grape variety||Syrah|
|Blend||60% Syrah - 30% Grenache - 10% Carignan|
|Bottle size||75 cl|
|Aging potential||5-6 years|