Drink Laurent Miquel

2010 Laurent Miquel Chardonnay Pere et Fils
2010 Laurent Miquel Chardonnay Viognier Pere et Fils
2009 Laurent Miquel Viognier Nord Sud
2010 Laurent Miquel Cinsault Syrah Pere et Fils
2009 Laurent Miquel Syrah Grenache Pere et Fils
2009 Laurent Miquel Cabernet Syrah Pere et Fils


Relevant Links:
http://www.laurent-miquel.com/us/chardonnay-viognier.html
http://www.laurent-miquel.com/us/cinsault-syrah.html
http://www.laurent-miquel.com/us/cabernet-syrah.html
http://www.laurent-miquel.com/us/syrah-grenache.html
http://www.laurent-miquel.com/us/ns-viognier.html

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2010 Laurent Miquel Chardonnay Pere et Fils
I wrote: "1. Light. Very easy. Chardonnay." 7:50 PM
2010 Laurent Miquel Chardonnay Viognier Pere et Fils
I wrote: "2. The Chardonnay Viognier is more interesting than the Chardonnay. Spicier." 7:50 PM
2009 Laurent Miquel Viognier Nord Sud
I wrote: "6: Viognier leans towards too spicy." 7:58 PM
2010 Laurent Miquel Cinsault Syrah Pere et Fils
I wrote: "3. Cinsault Syrah is sweeter, maybe more dry than the Chardonnays." 7:50 PM
2009 Laurent Miquel Syrah Grenache Pere et Fils
I wrote: "4. Syrah Grenache is good. No bitterness." 7:50 PM
2009 Laurent Miquel Cabernet Syrah Pere et Fils
I wrote: "5. Cabernet Syrah. Sour. I like the Syrah Grenache better. Drier." 7:53 PM


Website Information:
Pere et Fils
Chardonnay Viognier
Chardonnay 65% Viognier 35%
The uniquely French concept of 'terroirs' or classified soils ensures low yields of intensely flavoured grapes.
Laurent Miquel, a talented young winemaker, hand selects the best of his Chardonnay and Viognier grapes from his family estate near Beziers in the South of France. He crafts this premium blend as a testament to the 'terroir' to reveal a wine with real personality and character.
Enjoy the subtle apricot and lemon flavours and a hint of almond as an aperitif or with seafood or chicken dishes.
Tasting Notes :
Characterised by combined aromas of citrus and white peaches, this Chardonnay Viognier is a delicious introduction to the unique flavours of the Viognier . The influence of the early-picked unoaked Chardonnay element is evident on the palate - lemons and clean white fruit flavours.
It finishes with rich apricot fruit
Press extracts :
Lively, floral spiced-peach blend delivering terrific value for money
Jane McQuitty, The Times UK
‘Drink as a substitute for the summer we never had’
Raymond Blake, Food and Wine magazine

Pere et Fils
Cinsault Syrah
Cinsault 70% - Syrah 30%
The uniquely French concept of 'terroirs' or classified soils ensures low yields of intensely flavoured grapes.
Laurent Miquel, a talented young winemaker, hand selects the best of his Cinsault and Syrah grapes from his family estates near Beziers in the South of France. He crafts this premium blend as a testament to the 'terroir' to reveal a rosé wine with unusual personality and character.
Enjoy its freshness and light elegant fruit as an aperitif or with simple dishes such as roast chicken, salads or grilled cajun shrimp.
Tasting Notes :
Characterised by a beautiful pale pink robe this Cinsualt Syrah epitomises the best of southern French rosés with forward fruit flavours and perfect balance. Cinsault contributes freshness and soft texture to the blend and Syrah the dramatic colour and delicious red fruit. Serve chilled 12-14°C and drink ideally within 12 months of purchase.

Pere et Fils
Cabernet Syrah
Cabernet 60% Syrah 40%
The uniquely French concept of 'terroirs' or classifieds oils ensures low yields of intensely flavoured grapes.
Laurent Miquel, a talented young winemaker, hand selects the best Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah (Shiraz) grapes from his family estate near Beziers in the South of France.
He crafts this premium blend as a testament to the unique 'terroir' to reveal ripe berry flavours and elegant tannins. Enjoy with dishes such as roast lamb, duck and vegetable ragout.
Cabernet 60% Syrah 40%
The uniquely French concept of 'terroirs' or classifieds oils ensures low yields of intensely flavoured grapes.
Laurent Miquel, a talented young winemaker, hand selects the best Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah (Shiraz) grapes from his family estate near Beziers in the South of France.
He crafts this premium blend as a testament to the unique 'terroir' to reveal ripe berry flavours and elegant tannins. Enjoy with dishes such as roast lamb, duck and vegetable ragout.
Tasting notes :
A very complementary blend of well structured Cabernet and elegant Syrah this wine offers a vibrant berry nose, with hints of licorice and spices. The palate is rich with several layers of flavour with ripe plum and red berry and soft rounded tannins.
Press excerpts:
Ripe fruity red, its got plenty of concentration and the pure fruit is enlivened by some savoury and spicy notes. This is thoroughly drinkable, at a great price.
Jamie Goode, The Express
Monsieur Miquel prizes not just the Languedoc’s Viognier grapes, but its Syrah too, which explains why this delicious, dual-varietal, dusky, scented, soft red fruit-packed red is so good.
Jane McQuitty, The Times

Pere et Fils
Syrah Grenache
Syrah 70% Grenache 30%
The uniquely French concept of 'terroirs' or classifieds oils ensures low yields of intensely flavoured grapes.
Laurent Miquel, a talented young winemaker, hand selects the best Syrah (Shiraz) and Grenache grapes from his family estate near Beziers in the South of France.
He crafts this premium blend as a testament to the unique 'terroir' to reveal ripe berry flavours and elegant tannins. Enjoy with dishes such as peking duck,warm goats cheese salad or vegetable lasagne.
Tasting notes :
Typical Southern French blend with dominant spicy Syrah and juicy full grenache. This wine offers a ripe nose of red fruits, with delicious mocha herbs and spices. The palate is mellow with intense berry flavourw and characteristic rosemary, thyme and floral notes. A real taste of the garrigue.
Press excerpts:
Syrah/Grenache bottle
'Dagens Nyheter' Sweden, Bengt-Göran Kronstam.
Laurent Miquel Syrah-Grenache is more elegant and nuanced with a warm and tempting nose. The taste is equally rich and at the the same time spicy in a long style typical for southern France.

Nord Sud
Viognier
Viognier Nord Sud
Laurent produces his signature aromatic Viognier from selected blocks of mature, naturally low yielding vines at his family estate. Vines are planted in the optimum North-South orientation meaning that the grapes are exposed the gentle warmth of the morning and evening rays but protected from the burning effects of the midday sun. This ensures the conservation of a good acidity levels while the grapes mature gently and evenly. Viognier is still quite rare despite is recent resurge in popularity. It is a difficult grape to grow and gives very small yield of berries with highly concentrated aromas and flavours.
Tasting notes:
This is a deliciously perfumed opulent wine with characteristic aromas of white flowers and 'peche de vigne'. On the palate it is surprisingly elegant for a Viognier with delicate apricot and orange blossom but also some citrus character. Enjoy as an aperitif or pair with lobster or crayfish salads or spicy oriental cuisine.
Press extracts
"I am particularly taken by this, their superior Viognier bottling.... Drink it over the next few months to benefit from its entirely authentic honeysuckle and mayblossom flavours while there is also good freshness and attack there too.... To me, this does taste like baby Condrieu, unlike so many Languedoc Viogniers with their suspiciously ersatz aromas.
The Miquels have 26 ha of Viognier now, all planted within three kilometres of Cazal-Viel, and between five and 14 years old. The name of this bottling comes from the north-south orientation of the vine rows which is designed to protect the grapes from the burning effects of the midday sun. Almost a third of the juice, all free run, is barrel fermented but this is not an obviously oaked wine.
I’d serve this wine either as an exotic aperitif or with the sort of zesty salad that does duty as either a first course or a summer lunch. I could imagine it pairing a combination of pear, walnuts and blue cheese rather well."
Jancis Robinson
"Made by one of the Languedoc's star winemakers, this subtle spicy lightly oaked Viognier is an outstanding wine."
Tim Atkin, The Observer

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