Jancis Robinson tasting

jancis-robinson-largejulia-hardingJancis Robinson has noted!

Last May Karine was invited by the Outsiders to participate in a tasting at the Maison du Languedoc-Roussillon with Julia Harding, Master of Wine and member of the tasting team of the distinguished wine critic Jancis Robinson (jancisrobinson.com)

Below you can read Julia Harding’s tasting notes which are available on the website jancisrobinson.com for subscribers to Purple Pages.   A total of five wines were tasted : one white, one rosé and three red wines, with scores ranging from 15.5/20 to 17/20.





Tradition Blanc 2014 Corbières

Tradition White (Campana White since January 2016) on our web

This producer, new to me, is in the north east of Corbières, on the north-west slopes of the Massif de Fontfroide, with sandstone soils, which are unusual in Corbières, says winemaker Karine Mirouze. Organic viticulture in a wild environment. (Their website is a wonderful mine of information on the soils, topography, etc.) Marsanne, Vermentino, Roussanne. Unoaked and organic. Citrus, pear and almond notes. Clean and fresh with an attractive, almost sour aftertaste. Light but persistent, pure. (JH)

13% Drink 2015-2016

Tradition Rosé 2014 Corbières

Tradition Red (Campana Red since January 2016) on our web

Syrah and Grenache. Mostly saignée but some direct pressing for the Syrah. Pale rose pink. Delicate and fresh. Not intense but nicely balanced. (JH)

12.5% Drink 2015-2016

Tradition Rouge 2013 Corbières

Tradition Red (Campana Red since January 2016) on our web

Syrah, Grenache, Mourvèdre. Organic and unoaked. Lightish cherry red. Pure, gentle cherry aroma but spiced by Syrah’s pepper. Lots of energy here – fine fruit, soft texture. Tastes completely unmolested and true. (JH)

13.5% Drink 2015-2018

Lauzina Rouge 2011 Corbières

Lauzina Red on our web

Old-vine Syrah (45 years) on a cool site, plus Grenache, 50% aged in oak. Lightish garnet. Unexpectedly red-fruited on the nose. Smells more of Grenache than Syrah but the palate is much more savoury and dry than you’d expect from the nose. Sour-fresh finish. Distinctive layers and length. (JH)

14.5% Drink 2014-2018

Fiaire Rouge 2010 Corbières

Fiaire Red on our web

Named after a hill. 90% Syrah, 18 months in oak. The name is a pun on the fière, French for pride. Mid ruby. Smells both sweet and meaty with the first signs of development. Rich, savoury but with a layer of sweet cherry fruit still at the core. Generous, chewy and complex and should become more so. (JH)

14% Drink 2014-2020



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