Lou Coucardié Rouge 2012 – 4 étoiles (****)
Plum red robe. There is a nicely mixed bag of fruits on the nose, raspberry, mulberry, hints of blueberry. It’s at a good stage of gentle evolution, with still some youth. The palate leads on rosemary, garrigue herbs, is threaded with prominent, bustling red berry fruit; the fruit has a firm depth thanks to the Mourvèdre, and it sustains fully towards the finish. This is wholesome, superior Costières with a little class, very well presented. It has even some violet touches in the plum fruit. It has a forceful authenticity, with oak in evidence on the late stages. Day 2: the Mourvèdre influence is stronger.
Lou Coucardié Blanc 2014 – 3 étoiles et demi (***(*))
Yellow robe. This has a handsome, confident nose, all as one, with toasting from good quality oak, and a light citrus-quince air, saltiness, hints of sweet flowers. This is stylish, elegant: it has a white plum, aromatic flavour, and the acidity is refined, so the finesse is well established. It deserves a fine table – steamed fish, poulet de Bresse, free range chicken. It has good balance, length, and has been made with great restraint. It is a fine white that finishes quietly.
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