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Chateau Lamargue Les Grandes Cabanes Syrah 2011
Wine has been made in the Costières de Nîmes AOC for at least 2,000 years. Only recently, however, have progressive winemakers seized on the area's potential for producing quality wines of vibrant personality and appeal. Consequently, the Costières de Nîmes offers discerning wine lovers some of the best values available in terms of Rhône Valley wines.
Château Lamargue (Lah-Marg) is set amid 210 acres of vines in the up-and-coming Costières de Nîmes appellation in the southern Rhône Valley. The property was purchased by Campari International in 2001. Under the direction of renowned Rhône Valley producer and contributing enologist Jean-Luc Colombo, the winery's driving mission since has been to tap into the enormous potential of the region with wines made from its most traditional grapes.
Château Lamargue's long history dates back to the late 1700s. Enjoying investments in excess of $12 million, the estate has evolved most significantly over the past decade and now boasts a showcase winery equipped with the most advanced winemaking technology, as well as all new French and American oak barriques. Estate vineyards have been similarly rehabilitated, although yields are still kept deliberately low - approximately 3,500 liters per hectare - which translates to about one bottle of wine per vine.
Wine EnthusiastBest Buy! This Syrah isn't particularly aromatic, but it does offer nicely balanced flavors of dried cherries, baking spices and dusty earth. It's slightly rustic and leathery, but that's part of its charm. Drink up.
Wine SpectatorFocused, with singed vanilla and mocha notes framing the core of bitter plum, black cherry and macerated black currant fruit. A light black tea accent hangs on the finish. Drink now. 798 cases imported.