A smoky overtone to almost paste-like compression of fresh blackberry with tartness of skin and crunch of seeds renders the Agly Brothers 2011 Cotes du Roussillon a pungent and piquant mouthful, its charred meat and crushed stone components emphasizing the wine's metaphorically sinister character. Hints of anise, vanilla, and bitter chocolate add alluring complexity to this firm, finely tannic cuvee, which while it's hardly long on charm is certainly impressively long, period. Give it a few years in the cellar and expect it to remain vigorous through at least 2022. 90 pts eRobertParker.com Jan 2014
Agly Brothers is nurtured biodynamically and made with simplicity from vines grown in the Southern French town of Latour de France, located in Corbières zone in the hills above the Roussillon plains. Literally translated as 'The Tower of France', this small village borders the ancient kingdoms of Catalonia and France. Mature vineyards lay abandoned in this area of steep, arid slopes due to the high cost of farming, thus it is the quest of the Laughton and Chapoutier families to rediscover and fully express these exceptional, low-yielding sites. The vineyards are located on the slopes in the upper reaches of the Agly valley. The plot planted with Carignan and Shiraz is on gneiss at an altitude of 250m, and faces north. The plot planted with Grenache is on south-facing slopes on an original soil made up of schists on a layer of limestone.
The grapes are picked and selected by hand, 100% destemmed and fermented in small concrete tanks. Maceration takes place over a period of 3-4 weeks with very mild pigeage. The wine is transferred to larger barrels for malolactic fermentation. The wines are then aged for 16-20months in oak, both new and old.
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