Terrasses du Larzac Decanter Regional Profile by James Lawther MW
This month’s Decanter Magazine contains a useful profile of the Terrasses du Larzac Appellation by James Lawther MW.
“The expression of Terrasses du Larzac varies subtly with each producer, but these are wines of substance, freshness and balance.”
Among its observations, the report offers a vintage guide – which, while could be taken with a pinch of salt (not literally) when it comes to some of the recent La Pèira bottlings – is overall a good guide:
Terrasses du Larzac: know your vintages
2011 Generally good but rain at harvest caused some variability according to zone. Earlier drinking.
2010 Superb. Best of the decade. Concentrated but balanced wines with good acidity. Has 10 to 15 years’ ageing potential.
2009 Rich, generous wines with less acidity than 2010. Appealing now.
2008 Fresh and classic in style. Less forward than 2009 but will offer some pleasant suprises over the longer term.
2007 Very good. Like 2010 but less concentration. Continues to give pleasure.
2006 More tannic year but beginning to soften. Drink over the next three years.