ABOUT: Clos Marie is located in the Pic Saint-Loup appellation, a sub appellation of the Coteaux du Languedoc AOC, with the vineyards residing in the village of Lauret, just north of Montpellier. Christophe Peyrus took over the vineyard from his family in the early 1990's and began converting it to what it currently is - a biodynamically farmed vineyard of the highest quality, now currently resting at a comfortable 20 hectares of vines. The microclimate is ideal, the vineyards are nestled at the base of Montagne de l'Hortus on clay and chalky soils, and there’s a cool southerly breezes that blows through the vines from the Cevennes Mountains. The acid and tannin levels of these wines are higher than most which make them excellent candidates for long ageing. If the “new school” is shortening maceration and ageing times to get to market quicker, then Clos Marie is decidedly “old school” and we like that.
TASTE: The Simon from Clos Marie is mostly Syrah, some Grenache, and a thimble of Mourvedre from the clay and limestone slopes at the base of Pic St Loup. Jeb Dunnuck from Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate wrote a perfect paragraph: "The 2010 Coteaux du Languedoc Pic Saint Loup Simon offers up a sweet bouquet of red and black fruits, salted beef, iron and tinges of flowers to go with a medium to full-bodied, seamless and nicely textured profile on the palate. Possessing juicy acidity, fine tannin and outstanding length, it will have 12-15 years of longevity. " We would up the longevity to 20-25 years, the Simon has the structure for it.
PAIR: Black pepper tofu and bok choy, vegetable stew, Frijoles Charros, Chilaquiles, Torta Ahogada, mushroom stroganoff, and deep dish from Gino’s East.