Color : deep red garnet
Nose : black cherries.
Mouth : well-structured with sweet meaty tannins.
The vineyards of the Roussillon were planted in the 11th Century by Greek mariners.
Situated around the south western penisular of the French coastline, the Roussillon can be geographically segmented into 4 zones: Corbières in the north, Albères in the south, Canigou in the west and the Mediterranean sea toward the east. Within these zones the geological diversity encompassing clay, limestone, schiste ( brown and black ) and gneiss based soils is largely due to the glacial remains originating from the Pyrénées. Moreover, the 3 rivers which traverse the region; L'Agly, Le Têt and Le Tech have over time formed wonderful terraced slopes on poor pebbly soil which offer wonderful terrain to grow vines on.
The climate, as ever, also plays an important role in the adaptation of the vineyards to the regions' terroir. A cool winter and very hot summers with many sunshine hours and little rain combined with cooling on shore breezes which, at times, can be particularly strong yet effective in drying out dampened vines, provide favorable growing conditions to produce fully ripe and mature grapes.
|Wine Spectator: A muscular red, with concentrated flavors of dark cherry, plum, raspberry tart and grilled fig. The dense finish of dark chocolate is firm and focused, with smoky notes. Best from 2010 through 2014. 15,000 cases made. -KM