This Le Versant Syrah Pays d’Oc 2009 Les Vignobles Foncalieu is one of the reds in the flagship range from Les Vignobles Foncalieu. It pours a medium red colour, and has the bright aroma of blackberry and ripe red cherry. In the mouth it is smooth, consistently showing cherry and blackberry, mixed with some dark plum flavours, from start to finish. This wine is a 2009, yet it has the freshness that a young wine would be expected to have. It has none of the full bodied finish you may expect from a Syrah this age, and may appear disappointing. If you let go of the preconceived ideas for Syrah then this wine really is pleasing, although not what you may have chosen it for. The finish is short, red cherry giving way to a dryness that still refreshes.
Temperature plays a lot with the flavours for this wine. Too cold it is like a Beaujolais, too hot like a fruit juice. Serve at 18c and you get the best from it. Given the huge swings in indoor temperatures in the UK now it is worth keeping an eye on the wine temperature when served.
The label is simple and clean, very much in keeping with this wine. It has a very straight forward structure, consistent smooth body and neat finish. You could easily drink this on its own, or with non-creamy foods, and not be disappointed, but it is never going to be memorable. Le Versant Syrah Pays d’Oc 2009 Les Vignobles Foncalieu is great for a first date as it would not offend any wine drinker, but if you wanted to impress someone who you knew loved red wine then you should go for the Merlot.
Le Versant means “the slopes” which, they say, is where the best vines grow.
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