Villa Symposia

Villa Symposia

Vin de France Amphora Red Blend 2015

An excellent table wine that is making me want to seek out other expressions from this producer. I quite like it for the price point. — 4 years ago

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Villa Symposia

L'Origine Coteaux du Languedoc Syrah Blend 2012

Villa Symposia is the Languedoc label from Éric Prissette, the founder of Château Rol Valentin. The winemaking is overseen by Stéphane Derenoncourt. And from what I gathered, L'Origine is the flagship, or at least 'the' high-end cuvée here. The importer label indicates it's 95% Syrah, 5% Grenache (but a blog post from Taste Languedoc mentioned Carignan was added to the blend in 2012). The Syrah comes from the oldest vines of the estate, ~50 years old.

Opens with a noticeable amount of Brett, which can go either way for me. I view Brett like abstract art... done well and it's a beautiful lens to which to view a wine. However, when it's done poorly it's shit (literally). This was done very well. The pungent barnyard, stinky cheese, and saddle leather arrive heavily seasoned with baking spices, noticeably cinnamon, and herbs, including rosemary and tarragon. Ripe, dark bramble fruit, lavender oil, and pine resin pervade the palate and continue through the lengthy and structured finish. An extraordinary mix of the old and new world, while maintaining a clear sense of terroir, and providing an intensely vivid experience. It really hits its stride after 1.5 hours. Fair warning, if you don't like Brett at all then I wouldn't recommend this wine... however if you've ever liked a wine because of Brett, I suspect you'll enjoy.
— 4 years ago

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Villa Symposia

L'Equilibre Coteaux du Languedoc Syrah Blend 2012

That's one spicy big boy- you can taste the French dirt in this one. Inky loveliness. — 5 years ago

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Rusina

Symposia Red Blend

Soft, sweet and warm — 6 years ago