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Calvet Thunevin Cuvee Hugo 2008
Original Price: $488.00
Sale Price: $439.00
Type > Red Wine

Vintage: 2008

Format: 750ml

Country : France > Languedoc Roussillon


WS: 93

RP: 91

(WS=93) A powerful, vibrant red, with a complex array of flavors including dark plum, raspberry, mineral, dark chocolate, tar and mocha. Rich, beefy notes linger on the broad, muscular finish. Very focused. Drink now through 2020. 0605 cases made. (RP=91) The 2008 Cotes du Roussillon Villages Hugo reflects the inclusion, along with Grenache, of 30% Carignan from granite Lesquerde and 30% Syrah also from granite sites. Scents of heliotrope and lily mingle with creme de cassis and black raspberry that take on a syrup-like persona on the palate, the caramel, vanilla, and resin overlay from 60% new wood being abundantly evident. Suggestions of soy, fruit pit, smoky black tea, and crushed stone add savor and counterpoint in a sweetly-lingering lingering, but right now - notwithstanding the enhanced proportions of Carignan and of granitic terroir - this displays less energy, juiciness, or saliva-inducing salinity than the corresponding Les Dentelles bottling and is more fraught with both sheer sweetness and lip- and tongue-curling wood tannin. All that said, when one returns to this Hugo after having sampled the corresponding Trois Marie cuvee, one certainly finds the sense of stony minerality and whatever fresh fruit elements remain here reaffirmed, indeed more prominently displayed. I would be inclined to give this a few years in bottle before revisiting and reassessing but still harbor some skepticism concerning the eventual better integration of the oak elements, particularly the tannin.