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Élan-Bise Syrah 2018

Languedoc AOC

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  • China Wines and Spirits Competition 2020, 2020

For Élan-Bise, winemaker Mark Hoddy looks for the very best grapes of the vintage. In 2018, it was a dense, rich blend of Syrah, Grenache and Carignan, all from premium Languedoc sites. Long ageing in barrel layers the dark fruit with complexity.

For Élan-Bise, winemaker Mark Hoddy looks for the very best grapes of the vintage. In 2018, it was a dense, rich blend of Syrah, Grenache and Carignan, all from premium Languedoc sites. Long ageing in barrel layers the dark fruit with complexity.

Beyond the Label

Tasting notes

Velvety black fruit, black pepper, coffee bean, wild herbs, oak spice

Aroma

Lifted herbal and liquorice scents, cherry, red fruit, hedgerow, spice

Élan-Bise Syrah 2018

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  • 14.5% ABV
  • 10.88 Units
  • 750.00 ml
  • 31 December, 2025

Tasting the sumptuous Élan-Bise, you’d think it was top flight Rhône. First vintage, it was pure Syrah, but in 2018 Mark discovered parcels of Syrah, Grenache and Carignan that really shone. He decided they'd make a terrific blend. Mark is chief winemaker at Le Chai, our cellar in Castillon, and he has an enviable network of grower contacts in the Languedoc Roussillon. He knows exactly where the best grapes are to be found. Following a long, slow fermentation, he racked this red into French oak barrels for 18 months for extra complexity. Tony Laithwaite’s original challenge to Mark was to make the finest Languedoc red, no holes barred. We think he's succeeded hands down. Open early and decant. Perfect with roast meats or a rich casserole.

"A rich, dark, velvety red using the top red grapes of the Languedoc. A top favourite of mine" Mark Hoddy
Chai winemaker
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