2014 S. Delafont Minervois France (Syrah, Mourvedre and Grenache)
Samuel Delafont calls himself an Artisan Negotiant. He began his wine life as a retailer and consultant, setting up a business in 2000 which assisted the winemakers in the Languedoc to market themselves to the international markets. After spending so much time with the winemakers and growers he realised he had the skills and contacts to create a wine brand, he just lacked the resources to purchase the vineyards and winery. Fast forward to 2010 and he found the resources for the winery, but realised he did not need the vineyards, rather he could source the fruit and wines from growers and other winemakers to create his own blends. He has become the master blender of the area and his wines are always regarded as the best value and best quality from the Languedoc.
This wine is sourced from a number of organic and biodynamic producers around the village of Minervois, a region situated in the south of the Languedoc. For a long time Minervois has been associated with cheap and cheerful, however a higher percentage of Syrah and Grenache in the blends, with more defined site selection (older / higher vineyards) and reduced yields have had a profound effect. S. Delafont ticks all these boxes. The 80% Syrah in the blend adds spice and pepper, but you also have the intriguing notes of liquorice, aniseed and thyme as well as blackberry and plum. A full bodied wine that will bring a joy to any occasion. Only 40% of the blend has seen Oak barrel treatment, the rest has been aged in their unique 300 litre stainless steel barrels. They use these barrels to retain the “fruitiness” and freshness of the wines.
Decant the wine for 25 minutes before serving. The wine can be safely cellared for another 6-8 years.
Roasted red meats would be ideal, especially lamb of any type, roast or rack will do the trick. The elegance and sophistication of the wine also makes it perfect for non-spicy Asian foods, or even Korean BBQ. A lot of Asian restaurants are BYO and this would be the perfect choice.