In a nutshell:
This well structured herby and spicy Saint Chinian, from the Languedoc north west of Beziers, has a fresh and supple fruitiness.
Named after Les Laouzes, the local name for the schist/slate soils, this is a blend of very old Carignan vines with Grenache and Syrah. Grown on brown shale soils. Once destemmed it is fermented in cement before ageing in a 8,000-litre wooden foudre for twelve months. Red fruits and liquorice show through along with the herbiness and spice which speaks very much of the hot, hilly north Languedoc countryside.
When to drink:
Pretty versatile and can be paired with lots of things, but grilled meats and beefy stews and casseroles stand out.