Intense and complex bouquet of black cherries and kirsch laced with cinnamon and freshly crushed dark vanilla pods; the palate is simply breathtaking, rich, powerful and brimming with black fruits suffused with an oaky nuttiness, nuances of mocha and cocoa, with a final lick of pepper to the silky-smooth tannins.
The Oc, or Pays dOc as youll see it on most labels, refers to the Languedoc-Roussillon region of southern France, known by the French as Le Midi. Geographically the Oc covers an incredibly broad swathe of vineyards from the Rhne delta in the middle of southern France, arcing all the way round to the Spanish border on her Mediterranean seaboard. Planted here are both traditional grape varieties such as Grenache Gris (which makes very fine ros) and Grenache Noir (try Pasquiers for a full-bodied flavoursome find); as well as the cpages amliorateurs (varieties introduced in the last twenty to thirty years) such as Syrah and Merlot for reds, Viognier and Sauvignon Blanc for whites. Eric Monnin, Boutinots winemaker responsible for the Languedoc, is constantly on the look-out for producers who have hidden gems, visiting domaines, seeking out new parcels as well as counselling winemakers before the harvest on e.g. softening harsh tannins in reds, or retaining acidity and expressing aromatics in whites. Then once the grapes have been picked, vinified and the wines barely finished, he tastes these brut de cuve wines intensively and repeatedly over the next six months in collaboration with Samantha Bailey and Kim Tidy to select and blend the styles we seek and decide on their maturation, optimum bottling month and release date to the market.
In the Vineyard
Made from 50 year old vines which produce very low yields of 28hl per ha.
In the Winery
Such was the intensity and lusciousness of the 2007 vintage, Eric decided to age it for a long 21 months in French oak barrels - 80% of the blend was aged in three year old, 10% in two year old and just 10% in new Allier oak barrels. He has created a micro-cuvee of only 11,000 bottles and 1,000 magnums of this vintage which he has dedicated to his parents, Jean-Pierre & Josette.
2007 Vintage: Syrah du Monde 2010 - Gold
2005 Vintage: Syrah du Monde 2008 - Silver
Dignite is best served at room temperature. Open an hour in advance and decant - if you can - to appreciate the full spectrum of aromas and flavours. Try with game, roast beef, grilled meates and casseroles, ideally with a French flavour
Recognised as one of the best Syrah in the world - intense, complex yet silky smooth. Tasting Notes Intense and complex bouquet of black cherries and kirsch laced with cinnamon and freshly crushed dark vanilla pods; the palate is simply breathtaking, rich, powerful and brimming with black fruits suffused with an oaky nuttiness, nuances of mocha and cocoa, with a final lick of pepper to the silky-smooth tannins. Made from 50 year old vines which produce very low yields of 28hl per ha.