* Single Barrel Carignan 2015
Bottle size: 750 mL
- A maximum of 3 bottles per customer *
From time to time a barrel of wine is so good that it seems a terrible shame to blend it away. So we have bottled barrel 14 as a great example of a pure Maury Carignan.
Nose: Huge, powerful nose of cassis and blackberry, with a hint of earthy woodland, and a note of sweet vanilla.
Mouth: This is a big wine - 15.5% alcohol makes for an enormously lush, super-saturated mouthful. Impressive power and extremely long.
Recommended food pairings: Wild boar sausages or Venison would be ideal, but any dark, gamey meat would be a marvellous match.
Winemaker: Justin Howard-Sneyd and Jean-Marc Lafage
Growing conditions: High winds in May during flowering limited the yield somewhat, but a hot and largely dry June and July gave way to a cooler, damper August. We were a little worried by the humid sea breezes at the end of August, but the Tramontane kicked in in September, and we had a wonderful, warm, dry month. A few rainstorms at the end of Sept caused us some concern, but we harvested a large and healthy crop in good conditions.
Winemaking notes: The grapes that came from the higher, drier part of our La Roque vineyard were destemmed and poured into an open-ended demi-muid. After a week-long cold maceration, the colour of the juice was already as black as the inside of a witch's hat, and ever since, this barrel (number 14) has retained its intense concentration, and extraordinary black fruit flavours. After 15 months in a 225 litre barrique, we decided it would be a terrible shame to blend this barrel, and so we decided to bottle it separately, for only a very few to enjoy....
Drinking window: 2017 - 2025
www.jancisrobinson.com - Tamlyn Currin (May 2018) : 17.5/20 pts
- Retail: £30.00
- Club: £24.00
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