Grenache noir 28,5% - Carignan 21,5% - Syrah 21,5% - Mourvèdre 28,5%
Our vines are located around the village of Maury, at the foot of a cliff dominated by the Chateau de Quéribus (Cathar castle) on soils mainly resulting from the erosion of the Corbières Massif.
The depth of the dark garnet colour with hints of purple suggests subtle aromatic power. The nose immediately offers a fanfare of red fruit (blackcurrants and blueberries) and cherry jam, underscored by floral notes. Very mature on the palate, with a fine balance between well-integrated tannins and freshness.
Generous aromatic notes emphasize the wine's full-bodied character. The precision
of the fruit and well-defined aromas linger in a voluptuous, harmonious finish.
2016's climate has been very challenging for French vineyards. Thanks to the prevailing winds' direction, Roussillon was spared from both the spring frosts and storms that have hit the neighboring Languedoc region. The wind was very present, however, and while preventing vine diseases, it also delayed the wine year's works. Winter has been rather cold and marked by inferior-to-average sunlight exposure and rain (117mm). Spring itself was fresh, though offering significant sunshine and abundant rains (244mm). Finally, summer has been the same as in most of France, both very warm and dry. It has thus been necessary for us to pay particular attention to harvest dates and the grapes have had to be selected meticulously, for the subsequent high sugar levels might have hidden maturity insufficiencies. As a
consequence, the harvest volumes have gone down 35% and demanded tremendous amounts of work. Yet, these peculiar conditions have allowed us to obtain a very healthy vintage that brought up a lot of enthusiasm among our cellar masters and oenologists, thanks to its complexity, richness and the potential it unveiled.
Summer salads, cured sausages and cold meats, tapas, baby spring vegetable stew,
duck skewers with pineapple sauce. Serve slightly cool at around 14/15°C.
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