St Chinian and Faugeres: panel tasting results

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Fewer than 60% of wines were recommended, with the tasting somewhat of a 'quality minefield', but we shouldn't lose sight of the incredible value these areas can offer, said out panel. See the top rated St Chinian and Faugeres wines, as published in the Decanter July 2013 issue, here...
St Chinian and Faugeres, Château Milhau Lacugue Les Truffières Saint Chinian 2010
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Château Milhau Lacugue Les Truffières Saint Chinian 2010
Decanter average score
: 18.5pts/20 (95/100pts)
Individual judges’ scores: Rosemary George MW 18.5 AJ 18.5 ST 18.5
When asked how he saw the typicity of St-Chinian, Jean Lacugue talked about two soil types that share a similar climate. His is an old family estate that now totals 120ha, producing vins de pays and Languedoc wines, as well as St-Chinian. He has 40 years’ experience and his methods have inevitably evolved over the years. Perhaps the defining characteristic is that he no longer uses oak. He says Les Truffières, made only in the best years, has enough fruit concentration without needing help from a barrel.
Rosemary George MW A rounded ripe nose, with appealing southern spice. Similarly, a ripe palate, with soft cherry fruit and balancing supple tannins. A lovely mouthful of flavour – very harmonious, with depth and a long finish.
Andrew Jefford Solid, chunky fruits. Dense, deep, rich, vivid and blissfully unoaky. This is an absolutely lovely wine on the palate: wonderfully singing fruits combined with super-generous extractive force. Dense, deep, resonant and long: superb raw materials here.
Simon Taylor The nose is powerful with lots of savoury hints that are almost hidden. The palate is smooth and refined, with an almost silky texture. Afterwards you can sense the subtle depths of cool, black fruit.
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Drink 2013–2020
Alc 14.5%

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