La Loupe is a very approachable, fruit-driven red made from Grenache.
The grapes for this French red wine are grown in the Mediterranean vineyards of the Languedoc, an area well known for its ideal climate conditions. It is hot during the day and cooler at night enabling the vines to mature fruit well, whilst the Mistral and Tramontane winds help keep the vines healthy and low-yielding.
Modern winemaking ensures ripe summer fruit flavours are well balanced. The nose is peppery with herbal scents and juicy ripe fruit flavours typical of the Languedoc, together with a smooth texture and supple, mouthfilling finish.
A great accompaniment for simple meat dishes such as pizzas, pasta or chicken salads. Also enjoy it on its own as an aperitif or receiption wine.
Recently reviewed by Dave Cronin on VinoViews it scored 9/10
"Firstly it’s a vibrant colour in the glass, on the nose there’s lots red fruit and slightly candied aroma which was appealing. First sip this was gloriously smooth and velvety, I know smooth & velvety are adjectives used a lot to describe wine but they kind of sum this up perfectly. All perfectly balanced, sweetish red fruits mainly very ripe cherry, strawberries and raspberries are evident giving a fresh mouth watering sensation but never seeming too tart. Muted tannins are also there along with a touch of savouriness and a hint of white pepper to finish.
Summing up this is the kind of wine that may well appeal to a lot of people and I think it probably will, I certainly liked it and have no hesitation in recommending it."
Recently reviewed by Brian Elliott in The Daily Record (21/08):
"Much of Southern France and Spain once regarded grenache principally as a “power additive” to blends rather than as a solo performer. We know better nowadays - as this example from Languedoc reminds us. Smooth but deceptively light in colour, it brings us aromatic cherry, red currant and all-round summer fruit flavours that are accompanied by chocolate and allspice elements with mild tannin, good acidity and a long finish."