Yannick Pelletier l’Engoulevent Saint Chinian 2013


Ripe, powerful and dense, there is a lovely perfume and big structure.

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A blend of Grenache, Carignan and Syrah with a bit of Cinsault from Saint Chinian. It is made with as little input from Yannick as he can manage. Ripe, powerful and dense, there is a lovely perfume and big structure. It could probably do with another 3-7 years in the cellar. Otherwise, serve it with a roast pork shoulder.

Yannick Pelletier has fast become a shining star in the traditionally co-op driven appellation of Saint-Chinian. His approach to viticulture and winemaking is meticulous and observation based with the aim of minimal intervention. He works his vines organically and after 11 years he feels as if the vineyards are almost back to a great equilibrium. His patchwork of small vineyards are planted with Grenache, Carignan, Cinsault, Syrah & Mouvedre. 65% on schist, 23% on Clay and 12% on pebble & clay.

Saint Chinian

Languedoc’s fourth largest appellation by volume. Red only and must be blends comprised of the Rhone/Mediterranean varieties.


AKA Mazuelo, Cariñena and Samsó. This is a French variety that is often used as a bit player in a blend, generally it involves Grenache. It’s late ripening can be problematic or a good insurance policy. In a blend it brings dark colour, high acid and tannin.


A bit of a chameleon, Shiraz can change how it looks depending on terroir and/or wine maker influence. The Syrah based wines of Northern Rhone are dry and austere while the Shiraz of Barossa is rich and fleshy. A variety that lends itself to long aging but can be drunk at any time of its evolution.


Spain’s gift to the world. We know it as Grenache and I think everyone has a soft spot for it in some way. Almost too exuberant in expressing its sweet red fruits and high alcohol, it often needs a little bit of other wines to add moderation, structure and depth. Much like Abbott and Costello. Despite this the wines of Priorat, Chateauneuf du Pape, Rioja and Aussie GSMs have an amazing ability to age for the long term.


An important supporting grape in a lot of wines from Southern France. It can tolerate the heat but really needs a dry climate to avoid disease. It makes strong black wines that lack a bit of charm without other varieties help. It can really turn it on for textural rosé, especially when an aromatic variety is blended in.

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