2014 Domaine La Grange “Icone” Pézenas, Languedoc-Roussillon, France

2014 Domaine La Grange “Icone” Pézenas, Languedoc-Roussillon, France

$46.95 $31.95


Earlier this week while working at home, that is “sampling-in-place”, we uncovered these two (see the La Grange “Edition”) outrageous values from a small, family run French winery; Domaine La Grange is situated in the Languedoc region inside the rugged Mediterranean coastline, about a 100 miles south of where the Pyrenees  Mountains divide Spain and France.  Both red wines are from the 2014 vintage, and are composed of varietals from the relatively new Pézenas AOC, which provides additional status and classification as a “prime location within the Languedoc”; comparable to Bordeaux’s official Grand Cru Classé.
SERIOUSLY!  We really don’t understand why these brilliant and expressive wines have been flying under the radar, but the “Edition” and “Icone” are both still available, and at a pittance of their release prices. And the additional bottle age has benefited each wine’s lush fruit intensity.  Don’t miss out!  


The “Icone” continues stylistically where the “Edition” leaves off, but then pushes the pedal to the metal!  This deeply colored, high energy, full-bodied blend of old vine 60% Syrah and 40% Mourvedre, is endowed with blackberries, cassis, pepper, piquant smoke, and hints of anise.  Aged for 18 months in French barrique.  Again, fresh and vivid with a firm, integrated tannin that jettisons into the finish.  Again, so very good now, but should continue to deliver for at least 6 or 7 more years.  14.5% alcohol.  RELEASE PRICE WAS $46+NOW $31.95 – ONLY 7 cases are available.  Wine Advocate rated 93 points (see text below).

“The flagship wine of the estate, the 2014 Languedoc Pezenas Icone is easily the most concentrated and layered in the lineup. Possessing gorgeous notes of smoked meats, blackcurrants, black raspberry, toasted spice and licorice, it hits the palate with full-bodied richness, a stacked mid-palate and sweet tannin. This is a big, blockbuster-style beauty to drink over the coming 4-6 years, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see it evolve for longer.” – 93 points, Wine Advocate (April 2017) – JD

Renée and I both felt the both the Icone and Edition each showed better than the 3 year old ratings from Wine Advocate (btw – the only ratings found).  We know once you try these true values, you will reap the gustatory rewards and money saved!  But do not delay as these wines are both limited.


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