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Le Vieux Pin Retouche
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Le Vieux Pin Retouche 2017

Oliver, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaRetouche is an homage to the historical practice of "Hermitage-ing" wines in Bordeaux during the 1800s when winemakers would jack the blend with some hearty syrah. The earlier years of Retouche reminded me of the Australian cabernet shiraz style, but over time the combination has evolved with more finesse and style. In 2017, this mix was 50% cabernet franc and 25% syrah; the remainder splits equally between cabernet sauvignon and merlot. It all spends 18 months in French oak before being bottled unfined and lightly filtered. The attack is youthful with plenty of dense sweet tannins swimming among the savoury, black fruit, Bing cherries, and dark plums dusted in sagebrush and minerals. Impressive in its youth but will need 5-7 years to unfold in the bottle. Best now with grilled lamb or pork. LVP only made 200 cases of Retouche in 2017, no doubt for restaurants and winery only, so don't dawdle if you want some.Tasted: 16 June 2020Tasted by: Prices: BC 65.00 wine club member exclusive Producer: Le Vieux PinDistributors: Winery Direct (BC), Empson (AB), Lifford (ON), Belanger (QC)
Blend: Cabernet Franc - Syrah - Cabernet Sauvignon - MerlotUPC: 808755017416