2003 Domaine de L’Hortus Pic Saint Loup Grande Cuvée

This is the best Coteaux du Languedoc wine that I’ve ever tasted – period!

I’m not totally over my cold, but I can smell well enough to drink wine for the first time in over a week!

If I had this one blind, I would never guess that it was an old world wine.

It has a bright appearance with a black-cherry color with nice legs.

The aroma almost says “Paso Robles.” (The color is not dark enough though.) I say “almost” as I think I smell some roses or other flowers…I don’t smell any wood what-so-ever. (Which is why I wouldn’t think it is a French wine.)

Flavors are well-blended, there is nothing overbearing. There is a little cherry-cola, a touch of licorice, a touch of chocolate, a touch of grilled steak,

A nice long finish it falls off very slowly. Every time you exhale, it comes back to remind you what was just there. Finally a touch of cedar at the back of the mouth… Very nice indeed.