Pic Saint Loup "Cuvée Sainte Agnès" Rouge, Ermitage du Pic Saint Loup
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Pic Saint Loup "Cuvée Sainte Agnès" Rouge, Ermitage du Pic Saint Loup - 2018

Item # 45456 750mL
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Wine made from grapes grown organically using natural composting techniques and special preparations of herbal sprays while following the astronomical calendar.


Tasting Notes

Legends seem to converge at the Ermitage du Pic St-Loup. The hermitage dates back from the Middle Ages. The limestone peak or “pic” is just one aspect of the soils which are varied and at a high altitude.


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Staff Pick Notes

Pic Saint Loup is a good name to know if you're looking for quality wines in Laguedoc. It's a tiny sub-appellation directly north of Montpelier that straddles the steep cliffs of Montagne de L'Hortus. This microclimate is ideal for planting grapes at differing elevations in order to express pure terroir. Syrah benefits from cooler conditions so it is planted at the highest elevations, while heat-loving Grenache and particularly Mourvedre grapes are planted lower to get more sun exposure. The "Cuvée Sainte-Agnes" from Ermitage is an earthy, feral wine that is unmistakably from the south of France. This ruggedly handsome demeanor is complimented with garrigue, dried flowers, black olive, and cured meat on the palate. Don't sleep on the Pic Saint Loup!

- TD

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