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Domaine Capelanel, Mythique 2011
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In 2001 Sébastien Dauliac left his job in Toulouse to return to the family property and focus on raising the quality of the vines. He owns 14 hectares, including 12ha on mostly sidérolithique soils, from which he makes several cuvées, all pure Malbec. All his wines are fermented with natural yeasts. Mythique is from 70-year-old vines cropped at 40 hl/ha and receives long ageing in new oak. Dauliac’s most unusual wine is Sismique, aged in new oak barrels toasted by lowering hot ceramics into the interior, heating but not burning the staves; it is only released in magnums.
Stephen Brook Very ripe, toasty nose, sweet yet not jammy: suave, silky, concentrated. Has limpidity and finesse, but is also spicy and lively. The only fault is a slight lack of persistence. Overall, it’s graceful and stylish with polished tannins.
Ben Llewelyn Bright, clear and expressive aromas of intense black cherry and ginger but showing restraint too; tightly wound. Seamless, concentrated palate of fruit, fabulous tannins and vital acidity. Never cloying or losing interest.
Anthony Rose A fresh herbal element to the juicy, ripe mulberry fruit. Powerfully rich and concentrated: the red berry opulence is beautifully shot through with fresh acidity and fine, succulent tannins. Elegant, magnificently stylish red.
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