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A.O.C Saint-Chinian

Soils: Clay-and limestone (Mourvèdre, Syrah, Carignan, Grenache), Sandstone (Syrah, Mourvèdre) and Schist (Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre) Grape varieties: Mourvèdre: 36 %, Syrah: 45 %, Grenache: 12 %, Carignan: 7 % Harvest: By hand, in small crates, with sorting. Harvest dates: September 12 to 26 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 clearly demonstrates its empyreumatic character on the nose, with notes of wet bark, roasting, cocoa and dark berries. This broad range of aromas is framed by a supple, velvety structure, supported by a pleasing freshness.

Tasting suggestions: This wine is more powerful than it may seem and is quite versatile at the table. It may be served happily with delicate dishes as well as more powerful, spicy foods. It’s at its best served at a temperature of around 19 °C and, when young, will improve with aerating in a carafe. With its supple structure it’s easy-drinking in its early years but has considerable laying-down potential. Given time, it may reveal other aromas and its original bouquet may be more fully expressed.

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