Saturday, April 12, 2008
2003 Domaine Lignères le signal
In the 1920’s, Louis Lignères delivered the domaine’s wines with his Berliet barrel-carrier truck to the Pyrenees Mountains. His customers couldn't be impatient: it took him 22 hours at an average speed of 11km/h (6.8mph) to go from Alaric Mountain to Lourdes! And he announced his arrival with the Signal of the truck’s characteristic horn.
The "le signal" from Domaine Lignères is composed of Carignan 80% , Grenache 10%, Syrah 5%, Mourvèdre 5%. A very fruit driven nose with aromas of ripe raspberry, plums, and bits of pepper and earth as well. Wow! What an explosion of fruit on the palate! Raspberry and blackberry burst forward with a velvety mouth feel and texture. Firm tannins accompany the finish but they are well integrated and the acidity and fruit are all in balance. The finish is long and very pleasant. I score this wine 91 points and would pair it with a number of full flavored red meat dishes.
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