Although only established in 2015 by Englishman Tom Hills, the 23 hectare Domaine La Lauzeta has earned rave reviews over the past couple of years for the purity and integrity of the wines (Jeb Dunnuck describes 'La Lauzeta' as 'maybe the greatest Saint-Chinian I've tasted'). Based at Saint-Nazaire-de-Ladarez straddling the Saint-Chinian and Saint-Chinian Roquebrun AOCs, the largely old vines are planted on clay and schist up to 300 metres above sea level. This combined with the long hot Summers and mellow Autumns, gives up wines of great depth and complexity with a pronounced minerality and spiciness.'Corteza' is a blend of 40% Grenache, 34% Syrah, 14% Carignan and 12% Cinsault and is aged in stainless steel tanks for 10 months.
A dark ruby in the glass. On the nose, notes of ripe red fruit and pomegranate with peppery undertones. On the palate, full-bodied and silky with balanced tannins and a lingering finish. A classic Saint-Chinian red! Try with meatballs and olives simmered in a rich garlic sauce (Boles de Picoulat), Clapassade (lamb simmered in honey, olives and star anise) or grilled artichokes.