Domaine Plageoles Duras 2013
Duras traditionally produces wines that are deeply coloured and well structured, with flavours of crushed blackberries and pepper. They also tend to be high in alcohol - but this one is a very approachable 12.5%, which I like. It's a dark colour - crimson with a russet edge and its aromas and flavours are dark too.
This is what Gaillac through the eyes of Plageoles is all about - an alluring combination of savoury and fruity characters, unlike anything you've had before. Pepper, spice and brambliness, along with burnt sugar and a winegum fruitiness – almost chinoto like. Its lovely astringency is balanced by firm tannins and a generous, mouth-coating texture, particularly as it opens up.
“Duras is a much darker, meatier wine with and the savoury-sweet 2013 offers punchy bramble, inky, dark cherry and forest berry fruits as well as a delicious touch of something ‘animal’. This wild edge is absolutely typical of the variety, as are the firmer tannins (particularly fine this year). Cassoulet calling.” Bibendum Wine Co.