Château Mire L’Etang’s wines are remarkable for their sense of place. It’s a simple pleasure: a wine that captures the essence of traditional varietals grown in the stony, limestone-rich soils of the La Clape Massif foothills, bathed in Mediterranean sunlight and cool maritime breezes. Little-known outside of France, the winery is held in high regard by France’s Guide Hachette and has been awarded the Coup de Coeur, the publication’s highest recommendation.
An inviting blend of Grenache and Syrah with structure and bold flavour to spare. Deep, brilliant ruby red to the eye with a complex nose of garrigue and red fruit. Firm and silky on the palate with a powerful, spicy finish. It would be a dire mistake to over-think wine pairing here. That being said, it would be impossible to go wrong with an assortment of charcuterie, red meat, game, and hard cheese.
The 2017 is a new release that has yet to be reviewed but recent vintages received the following:
Gold Medal, Concours des Vignerons Indépendants, 2017
Gold Medal, Concours Général Agricole de Paris, 2017
Gold Medal, Concours des Grands Vins de France, 2017
Pris d’Excellence, Vinalies Nationales, 2017
“Deep purple color, youthful appearance. Pleasant nose combining blackberry, blackcurrant, dry herbs, black pepper. Velvety attack, powerful mouth, deep, concentrated, splendid precision, spicy evolution, firm, small heat, subtle barrel influence.”
88 points, Gilbert & Gaillard, 2017