Clos du Lican
Jane AnsonA new estate from the team at Clos Apalta, from 17 year old Syrah vines grown on steep east-facing granite-dominant slopes in the Apalta Valley. Sweet red cherry and crushed rocks, touch of reduction at first that opens to show richly textured raspberry, blueberry, vanilla bean, liquorice and olive tapenade, with a heady blast of fragrant raspberry leaf and violet flowers lifting things up through the finish. 100% new oak, and for me errs a little too much on the sweet side at this early stage but it's already mouthwatering. Made in tiny quantities in 2018 (for now in the Clos Apalta cellars), this is the first full vintage, from grapes that when younger were part of the Lapostolle Cuvée Alexander. Andrea Léon technical director.
Jeb DunnuckAll Syrah that spent 23 months in new barrels, the 2019 Clos Du Lican is a gorgeous effort that bring solid depth and richness, yet it's the purity and finesse, as well as the quality of the tannins, that really set it apart. Revealing a deeper ruby/purple hue as well as lots of blackberry and mulberry fruits, it has perfectly integrated oak, medium to full body, silky tannins, and just a complex, incredibly impressive bouquet of peppery herbs, sandalwood, violets, and baking spices. Despite solid levels of ripeness (the alcohol is over 15%), it has a terrific sense of freshness, and again, the purity and balance are something to behold. This gorgeous Syrah will evolve for 15+ years.
James SucklingIntense and heady nose of black fruit, black truffles, peppered meat, mahogany, mocha and grilled herbs. Some burnt caramel, too. It’s full-bodied with a rich, plush and creamy palate. So much to offer. Velvety, polished tannins. Hot chocolate marries savory meat. Delicious finish. Big and generous. A new and exciting single-vineyard 100% syrah.
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