2015 Les Genoux 2015
- Case (Member)
- Grenache Gris
- Grenache Blanc
- Bottle size
- 750 mL
- Drinking Window
- 2017 - 2027
This is our rare, single-vineyard wine, which is only produced in the best years, and in 2015 only 834 bottles were produced.
Les Genoux is less intensely coloured than the regular cuveé, as it contains 10-15% white and pink grapes.
The nose is more complex that our main wine and is more perfumed, spicy and complex. Layers of raspberry and wild strawberry, with wafts of rosemary and fennel. There's also hints of slatey minerals and even a note of iodine.
Initially soft, and lush, the palate unveils an array of crushed stones, herbs, and ripe plum and damson flavours. For all its softness, there is quite a lot of tannin here, and plenty of signs that this will improve over 3 to 4 years in bottle
- Winemaking Notes
The source of the fruit for our 'Les Genoux' cuveé are the wonderful 90+ year-old vines in our ancient Coume de Roy vineyard. All the grapes are picked by hand, and any selection needed to eliminate less than perfect grapes is done in the vineyard. The grapes are de-stalked, lightly crushed, and fermented in up-ended demi-muids (500 L barrels) with the ends taken out, and plunge gently by hand, twice or three times a day. Pressing after 3 weeks of post-fermentation maceration, followed by maturation in a mixture of new, 1 year old and 2 year old Demi-muids for 14 months, before being bottled with minimal filtration, and sealed with melted beeswax.
- 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.
- Food Pairing
Excellent on its own as a 'vino di meditazione' (best appreciated with a good friend), Les Genoux is also a wonderful match for charcuterie (especially finnochiona, or fennel salami), and the perfumed, elegant style makes it pretty versatile.
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Transparent crimson. The meaty side of Grenache makes its presence felt on the nose. Then on the palate the schist of Maury makes its presence felt with a grainy chewiness on the end – even though there is no mention of schist in the background notes. Transparent and very much a twenty-first century wine. Long.
The red-white blend gives it a paler colour, and it’s a wine in which aroma provides almost as much pleasure as flavour: wax, bramble, pollen, strawberry, thyme, gentian root – the longer you sniff and sip, the more you find. It’s relatively smooth in texture, and is not in any way sweet or exaggerated, but full of poised ripeness.
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