75% grenache noir, 20% syrah, 5% carignan
Grenache brings roundness and smoothness, as well as spicy and red stone fruit aromas. Syrah is the source of rich, complex wines that are suitable for aging. It is a very aromatic variety: red fruits, violets and leather. Carignan gives quite powerful and well colored wines.
The Pas de la Mule plots are located around the Domaine de Mas Janeil, in the commune of Tautavel. The deep and very dense schist soils accumulate heat during the day and release it during the night to obtain very good ripening and concentration of the grapes.
This vintage has a beautiful deep garnet colour. The aromatic range is concentrated around dark fruit, particularly plums in brandy, enriched with touches of eastern spices and noble wood (mahogany, cedar). Produced from thoroughly ripe grapes, this wine shows excellent concentration and plenty of finesse in the texture of its tannins. The mid-palate reveals complex notes of nutmeg, juniper, undergrowth and a hint of citrus fruit. The character of the clay-shale terroir comes through in a subtle, harmonious finish.
Winter in the region was generally quite rainy. Soil water reserves were ideally replenished in December. In this respect, 2019 is very different from 2018, which had a particularly wet spring. May and early June were rather cool. The soils took time to warm up, which slowed down the availability of mineral elements in the soils and slowed down the growth of the vine. Summer was particularly dry and especially excessively hot in July with a heat wave beginning in late June. Harvest happened one week earlier compare to last year with healty but uneven ripenning.
Tajine of lamb, 7-hour leg of lamb, roast pigeon, hare "à la royale". Serve cool at around 14/15°C.
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