Although only established in 2015 by Englishman Tom Hills, the 23 hectare Domaine La Lauzeta has garnered 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. 'La Lauzeta' is 75% Grenache and 25% Syrah from ridiculously low yields (12hl/ha) and ages in new oak barrels for 16 months. Currently undergoing organic conversion, the wine is neither filtered nor fined. Only 3,000 bottles were made. Jancis Robinson describes Tom as 'clearly a name to watch'. She's not wrong.
An inky-purple in colour. On the nose, crème de cassis, liquorice and sweet spices. On the palate, full-bodied and ripe with terrific purity and balanced tannins. The finish is lingering and spicy. Try with Cassoulet, duck confit croustade or baked aubergines, tomatoes and onions topped with goat's cheese.