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Purple-red robe with ruby hints. The nose opens with light menthol and truffle notes which develop into deeper richer aromas of black olive paste, prunes and figs. The palate is redolent of wild herbs, spice and dried figs. The tannins are elegant and well-integrated. This is a balanced, poised wine that ends on a pleasing mineral note.

Technical sheet

Appellation

Saint Chinian

Vintage

2012

Varieties

Syrah (50%), Grenache (30%), Carignan (20%)

Production

35 HL / Ha

Alcohol

14 % alc./vol

Terroir

Clay-limestone (no schist in this vintage as yields were insufficient).

Vinification

Vinified in the traditional manner in concrete tanks. The grapes are destemmed; 50% are crushed. Fermentation temperatures are 28°C (Syrah) and 30°C (Grenache Noir and Carignan). The cap is regularly punched down until mid-fermentation, then wetted a few times to ensure elegant tannins. Malolactic fermentation occurs on the marc. The wine is kept in tank for three weeks.

Ageing

18 months in concrete tanks.

Recognition and awards

  • Jancis Robinson 17/20 - There's an aristocratic edge to this wine. Read article
  • International Wine Challenge 2014 Bronze Medal

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