Blend: 80% Grenache, 6% Syrah, 4% Mourvèdre and 10% mix of other approved grapes.
The Cuvée Laurence is made from the final blend of the Cuvée Réservée, in which one sole foudre is set aside for longer aging in wood (four years total) before release. Produced only in vintages which are not suitable for Cuvée Da Capo, this cuvée showcases the benefits imparted by longer aging that brings more intensity and yet more elegance to our flagship Cuvée Réservée blend.
2017 is one of the most intense and structured vintages we have ever produced of this wine. As you may remember, we did not produce any Cuvée da Capo in 2017, further increasing the power of the Cuvée Réservée. As Cuvée Laurence is a barrel selection, highlighted for further aging, we actually had quite a difficult time selecting the most distinctive and rich barrels for this wine. Challenging weather during spring flowering especially impacted our Grenache vines, preventing healthy clusters from forming. However, both Syrah and Mourvedre in 2017 had very beautiful, concentrated clusters, which gave us the opportunity to assemble a wine that is truly unique to the vintage. Our 2017 is a bold, structured wine that has firm tannins, a dark fruit profile, and a balance that will allow it to age in the cellar for quite a long time.
94 Points, Josh Raynolds, Vinous Media (for the base Cuvée Réservée 2017). "Full, bright-rimmed ruby. Ripe, spice-tinged black raspberry, cherry preserves, garrigue, pungent flowers and a hint of gaminess on the expansive nose. Plush, appealingly sweet red and dark fruit liqueur and lavender pastille flavors turn spicier and more energetic as the wine opens up. The cherry and floral notes echo on a very long, penetrating finish framed by well-integrated tannins. Since there was no Cuvée Da Capo made this vintage, all that prime fruit went into this wine."