Château des Hospitaliers is a family-owned winery from Languedoc, France. I met the vintners of Château des Hospitaliers at the Forum Vini wine fair last November in Munich. If you want to know more about Forum Vini then read my two posts about it. (Part 1 and Part 2)
The winery cultivates 40 hectares (around 100 acres) and produces eight red, eight white, and three pink wines. Furthermore, Château des Hospitaliers manufactures apple juice, olive oil, and more. I find their English website not very informative and my French used to be better. So I cannot tell you much more about them.
At the Forum Vini I tried a few of their wines. The Sangiovese-Syrah was my favorite so I decided to buy a few bottles for just 10€ each. Only recently I decided to open one of them.
Neither the bottle label nor website of Château des Hospitaliers indicate how much Sangiovese and how much Syrah grapes are used in the production. I remember from the Forum Vini though the only a few Syrah grapes are used in this blend. The wine aged for a few months in stainless steel tanks.
In the glass, the wine had an intense ruby red color. On the nose, the wine had mostly aromas of blueberry and blackberry. Alcohol by volume was label listed at 13.5%. The wine was dry with soft tannins. Quite well-balanced.
The wine reminded me in parts of a young Rosso di Montalcino that got blended with some French wine. In my opinion this ‘experiment’ worked very well. It is not often that I stumble over a non-Italian Sangiovese.
Dear (French) wineries, more of the same please! I would love to see a French Sangiovese that aged two years in oak.
Château des Hospitaliers seems to be pretty unknown so I doubt that they sell their wines outside of France. At the Forum Vini, they were looking for an importer to Germany as well.
That is all for today! I am looking forward to read your comments regarding this wine. Have you tried a Sangiovese that does not come from Italy? If so, did you like it?