Château Prieuré Borde Rouge, Languedoc

Chateau Prieuré Borde Rouge is well on its way to join the big names of the Languedoc. They have already received numerous prizes for their very elegant and fruit-filled wines. The property comprises 23 hectares close to the town of Lagrasse. It’s in an excellent location, protected in what is shaped like an amphitheatre and shielded by the surrounding mountains. Their white Carminal Blanc 2007 is made from Grenache blanc, maccabeu and clairette with four months oak aging. A full-bodied wine with some “fat” (what the French call ‘gras’, a mouth filling and entirely positive characteristic) and a good acidity with exotic fruits and apples. One of their reds that particularly caught my attention was the Rubellis 2006 made primarily from carignan and grenache. Typically Languedocien in style, with herbs (the local “garrigue”) and dark fruit, blackberries and black currants. Good level of acidity and well balanced and elegant completes the picture. But all their wines are good, not to forget the syrah-based prestige cuvee called Ange.

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