2015 Single Barrel Carignan 2015
- Case (Member)
- Bottle size
- 750 mL
- Drinking Window
- 2017 - 2025
*** 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.
Huge, powerful nose of cassis and blackberry, with a hint of earthy woodland, and a note of sweet vanilla.
This is a big wine - 15.5% alcohol makes for an enormously lush, super-saturated mouthful. Impressive power and extremely long.
- 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....
- 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
Wild boar sausages or Venison would be ideal, but any dark, gamey meat would be a marvellous match.
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Smells of old leather and shoe shop and ancient wooden pews. And dried fruit and pipe tobacco. Massively powerful. Almost port-like in its fierce command of the mouth. Spicy, chewy, dried rose petals and biltong, pepper and nasturtiums. It moves slowly, like an old wise man with much to say but weighing every word. So much heat! You need to drink this by the thimbleful and with some seriously mature, crunchy hard cheese. It’s intense and concentrated and stock-cube savoury, but at the same time there is this delicate floral lift and a dash of cherry juice. Fascinating wine. (TC)
This is very dark in colour, with chic, classy black-fruit scents: brightly sweet, yet fresh and vital. On the palate, it is deep, intense and driving; there’s a sense of power unleashed, yet it’s savage and austere at the same time. No single ‘Bee’ wine sums up the stony, wind-tortured landscape in which it came into being better than this one.