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wine of the week 09/02/2009

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  Domaine Sol-Payré, Cuvée Ivresse de Sens 2006
Domaine Sol-Payré has been in the same family hands since 1913. The estate lies close to Perpigan in France's Roussillon region, which stretches down to the Spanish border. This superior Côtes du Roussillon is an oak-aged blend of 60% Syrah with Grenache and Carignan, all harvested with very low yields. It has a bold, deep colour and soaring nose of cassis and kirsch. There's a promise of richness and depth here, with a luxurious gloss and lifted, almost violety aromatic. The palate does not disappoint, with a striking, sweet core of black berry fruits, the mid-palate flooded with a creamy weight of fruit and supple, chocolaty tannins adding more texture. But this is fresh too, with good acidity and a balanced, long finish. Lovely stuff this in a plush and pleasurable, yet ultimately savoury style.
£10.50, Leon Stolarski Fine Wines.