2011 Château des Hospitaliers – Sangiovese Syrah

French Sangiovese

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.

2011 Câteua des Hospitaliers - Sangiovese SyrahNeither 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.

3 / 5 stars      

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?

12 comments on “2011 Château des Hospitaliers – Sangiovese Syrah”

  1. winetalks winetalks Reply

    I didn’t know Sangiovese is grown in France. Very nice write up : )
    What a pity that on wine-searcher I found 0 results for this wine.

    • vino in love Reply

      Thanks for commenting. When I was writing the wine review I checked wine-searcher, too. Found nothing there. I decided not to buy many bottles at the Forum Vini because I didn’t want to carry them with me but now I regret that since I don’t seem to find the wine anywhere

    • vino in love Reply

      Why should a winery decide not to plant Sangiovese? The grape makes excellent wines. I’m happy that Château des Hospitaliers decided to plant Sangiovese in Languedoc.

  2. talkavino Reply

    I had Sangiovese from California, by Mount Palomar from Temecula Valley – it is definitely a Californian wine, but not a bad one. Sangiovese actually does pretty well in Texas, as as some other Mediterranean varietals, such as Tempranillo. I actually never heard of Sangiovese from France – but, everything is possible in Languedoc : )

    • vino in love Reply

      Well looks like Sangiovese is more widespread than I knew. Pretty much all Sangiovese that I drank/saw in Enotecas is Italian.
      Interesting to see that the grape is grown in Texas. I heard that Texan wineries often buy grapes from other states and sometimes even blend wine with fruit juice.

  3. theducksong Reply

    I had Sangiovese from the French island Corsica. It didn’t taste similar to Brunello or Chianti but I liked it.
    The wine was produced from Clos Teddi and named Tradition. I think it was in the Patrimonio AOC or so.

  4. Stefano Reply

    Nice and interesting review, Julian.
    As an aside, only now did I notice that there is a way to “like” your posts, which is really handy for those times that you do not have a comment to contribute! I am so used to the “WP.com” interface that I had not realized it before!

    • vino in love Reply

      Thank you, Stefano.
      The only thing that I miss a little from WP.com is the Gravatar based “like system”. My current “like system” is probably not ideal but it works. I’m glad you found it 🙂
      In all other aspects, WP.org is much more customizable. All in all, I’m quite happy that I moved my blog from WP.com to a self-hosted WP.org blog.

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