St Chinian and Faugeres: panel tasting results
Vivien Roussignol, Les Païssels, St-Chinian 2011
Decanter average score: 18.5pts/20 (95/100pts)
Individual judges’ scores: Rosemary George MW 18.5 Andrew Jefford 18.5 Simon Taylor 18.5
Vivien Roussignol made his first wine in St-Chinian in 2011. He and girlfriend Marie studied oenology at Montpellier and worked vintages in California and Australia, and then at other Languedoc estates. Roussignol’s parents, members of the St-Chinian co-op, gave them a hectare of old vines; Païssels is a blend of equal parts Syrah and Carignan, with some Mourvèdre and Grenache. The terroir is schist.
Rosemary George MW Ripe, red fruits with lots of spice on the nose and a lovely reminder of the garrigue. The palate has a great grip, but the tannins are supple. This wine is Midi sunshine in a glass.
Andrew Jefford Aromatically light, sweet and cherryish; great lifted charm with a floral touch. On the palate, very ripe, almost Porty, but excellent depth, texture and old-vine authority. Lots of perfume on the aftertaste, too. Impressive.
Simon Taylor This is very rich with a lush oak overlay. There are plenty of concentrated fruits here, which are layered, and behind all that there is a suggestion of mint. Youthful and dramatic.
Price £13.80 Pierre Hourlier