Category Archives: Carignane

L’Oustal Blanc K6 Carignan

100% Carignan that I bought a few years ago, and I thought I might assess it’s evolution. Garnet color. On the nose, youthful, lots of mineral, slate, blackberry, licorice, flowers, spices, with not all that much oak, and definite earth. On the palate, dry, medium intensity, medium body, pretty dark fruit fruit and spices, framed by mineral and stone, with good balance, and a good complexity, and good length to the finish.

L’Oustal Blanc K6

I tasted this a few weeks ago, you can find it under the Carignane label. I am interested to go back and read what I have written. On the nose, aroma all the way, medium intensity, strawberry, hay, red licorice, not oaky, earthy, and a cabbage quality. On the palate, dry, ripe red fruit, juicy but very silky. Med- tannin, med acidity, and a moderate finish. This fruit driven Old World wine is as close to candy as any French wine is going to get. Molly Dooker meets a Pinot-like lightness on the palate. Very drinkable.    

2006 Domaine de l’Oustal Blanc K6

My rep brought this by today, I asked to try some of the screaming values from the south of France and I was suprised at how pleasantly juicy this wine was. Limited production 100% Carignane grown on sandstone and shale. Hand picked and sorted, 1/3 sees oak of 1 to 2 times used, the rest is aged in concrete vats. Pretty light ruby in color of low intensity. On the nose, aroma of medium intensity. Lots of forest floor earth, strawberry and raspberry, white pepper, herbs, and cocoa powder at the end, no oak to speak of. On the palate, dry, medium intensity, similar profile on palate, med- tannin, med acidity, pretty well balanced. I have a few friends I will pass this along to that enjoy fruity wines, that are nicely balance, and not over oaked.