Soils: Clay-and limestone (Mourvèdre, Syrah, Carignan, Grenache), Sandstone (Syrah, Mourvèdre) and Schist (Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre) Grape varieties: Mourvèdre: 35 %, Syrah: 43 %, Grenache: 14 %, Carignan: 8 % Harvest: By hand, in small crates, with sorting. Harvest dates: September 30 to October 12 Vinification: Traditional with 5 to 6 weeks’ vatting time. Malolactic fermentation in barrels Maturing: Barrels (for Syrah and Mourvèdre), matured on the lees Treatments: Not fined or filtered Alcohol content: 14 % vol. Packaging: 75 cl Bordeaux bottles
Tasting notes: This wine’s rich, complex bouquet combines notes of dark berries, tobacco, hazelnut and fig leaves with a background of garrigue scents. Powerful and rich on the palate, but balanced by a real freshness, offering a good framework for these aromas.
Tasting suggestions: The wine’s balance makes it ideal for gastronomic meals and difficult food matches. It will stand up easily to strong-tasting and spicy dishes. Serve at a temperature of around 19 °C; decanting will be beneficial when the wine is young. Although very pleasing in its early years, it will be interesting to see how it evolves. It has considerable laying-down potential and should be at its peak after ten years or so.