2016 Mas Coutelou 7 Rue de la Pompe
This domaine was established by Jean Francois "Jeff" Coutelou's father in 1972. It's been run organically since 1987, "before this type of production became fashionable” says Jean Francois. Mas Coutelou is located in Puimisson, a commune in the Hérault department of the Languedoc and to the east of Béziers. It's been a winemaking village for over 200 years and most of it's soils are a mix of red clays and limestone. A varietal Syrah from the Languedoc. Wonderfully vivid and meaty with peppery raspberry and cherry fruit on the nose. The palate is grippy and firm but has lovely purity and focus. Brooding, spicy, meaty and backward. Lovely structure and purity!