The Sour Grape

Parcé Frères ‘Cylia’ Cotes du Roussillon Villages 2013

A lovely concentrated Syrah from the Roussillon.

The Languedoc-Roussillon wine region has lagged behind the rest of France in meeting a broad base of quality wine standards and creating it’s own distinct identity over the last 50 years or so. That said, an upside to this is the prevalence of creativity in the region leading to a huge variety of wine styles… and quality standards have been shooting up over the last decade. This has lead to fantastic, innovative wines being created and offered at great value prices due to a lack of price premiums being imposed. In short you actually get what you pay for and any increase in cost tends to be reflected in the wine itself. This is true of the ‘Roussillon’ in particular (the area backed up against the Pyrenees).


This has a deep ruby colour with a pink rim and a soft black fruit aroma (blackberry, blackcurrant) with a pastel mineral edge. On the palate there’s seriously concentrated blackcurrant, blackberry and blueberry fruit, that’s as pure and clean as it is intense. The long finish slowly winds down with vanilla and violets trading place throughout the length. Clean juicy acidity helps to cut through and highlight the purity of fruit and the tannins are ripe and integrated nicely, enough to balance the weight of wine without becoming distracting. This is a beautifully crafted and balanced wine. £8.50 a bottle from The Wine Society.


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