"A balanced and stylish wine, with a solid base of solid tannins and a dry core that gives strength to the blackberry fruit and acidity."
- Roger Voss, Wine Enthusiast
80% Malbec 20% Merlot
Ripe fruit, black currant and red cherry flavors.
PRESS AND AWARDS
91 Points - Wine Enthusiast (Best Buy), 2012
Médaille d’Or : Concours des Vignerons Indépendants en 2009
Médaille de Bronze : Concours des Grands Vins de France à Macon en 2009
Sheltered behind the hills, protected from the cold, it is the perfect terrain for vines. The vineyard’s geographical position and microclimate enable us to wait for each variety to come to complete maturity for harvesting without worrying about autumn frosts.
The calcareous clay of the Kimmeridgian limestone plateaux of the Secondary (Mesozoic) era, early Quaternary Mindel alluvial soils of the third or upper Lot terraces
Leaf thinning only on north or east side of rows to allow air to reach the fruit; yield limited to 50/55 hectoliters/hectare by removing excess unripe grapes.
Wine making: varieties kept separate. Grapes sorted and 100 % de-stalked; long maceration (+ or-30 days) with strict temperature control. The fermenting juice is not frequently pumped from bottom to top of the vat; but half the volume is once or twice transferred to a clean vat then pumped back over the marc in the original one until a density of about 1040 is reached; whilst the other half is pushed under the cap of marc twice a day till the density is 1050 then just once a day until 1010/1015 is reached.
Maturing: 18 months in cement and stainless steel vats.
Intense and finely balanced. Deep, glowing red, very aromatic (blackberry), with well-balanced tannins and a lovely final impression in the mouth.
Serve decanted (or opened several hours previously) before enjoying at about 59°F.
Enjoy with Spicy Italian Sausage Sauce over pasta, Moroccan Couscous or Croque Monsieur.