2011 Prieure Saint Jean de Bebian Languedoc Rouge

Year: 2011
Appellation: Languedoc-Roussillon
Country: France
Wine Advocate: 93
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.5%
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"The straight 2011 Languedoc is also terrific, and reaffirms my belief in the quality of this vintage. Made from 50% Syrah, 25% Grenache and 25% Mourvèdre, aged 12 months in Burgundy barrels, it’s a drop-dead gorgeous red that has tons of cassis, black raspberry, licorice, exotic spice and toast in a full-bodied, ultra-fine, balanced package. In addition to delivering incredibly pleasure, it has classic Pézenas spice and elegance. I’d happily drink this beauty anytime over the coming 7-8 years.

Some the greatest wine I was able to taste in my two weeks working the south of France were from Prieure Saint Jean de Bebian." (WA)

Winery Notes:
Named for the 12th century chapel on the property, La Chapelle Rouge is made from a blend of younger vine Grenache, Syrah and Cinsault planted on clay limestone and sandy clay soils. Each variety is fermented separately in stone vats dating to the 18th century with the Grenache and Cinsault seeing shorter macerations to preserve their fruit and aromas while the Syrah is macerated longer.