Monday, 23 July 2007

Les Quatre Fitou 2005

Les Quatre Fitou 2005
Tuchan, Languedoc, France, £8.99, cork seal

Well it’s night two at Granny’s and time for bottle of wine number two. Les Quatre is named after the four growers who contribute the Carignan, Grenache and Syrah grapes used to make the wine. It’s unfiltered and the grapes come from 50 year old vines. The whole package looks pretty impressive and I’m beginning to wonder if I’m developing a thing for slick, dark European styling. Like the La Puima last night this is packaged in black, but looks even better because of the classy angles of the big heavy bottle.

A sniff and the nose suggests intense power, alongside a little charry oak. There’s plenty of fruit – blackberries, black currents and cherries – but also cinnamon, pepper, and spice. The palate has blackberries, raspberries, and hints of cedar, all wrapped in a dark chocolate coating. I’m impressed by Les Quatre’s rich texture; it fills the mouth with powerful flavours and approachable, structured tannins. A lovely wine, well balanced and full of the lingering class the label suggests; it even managed to get Granny’s approval despite being French!

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