The above was completely out of this world. Totally exquisite in fact. Full of amazing subtleties and nuances.
2013 Les Genoux 2013
- Grenache Gris
- Grenache Blanc
- Bottle size
- 750 mL
- Drinking Window
- 2015 - 2022
This is our rare, single-vineyard wine, which is only produced in the best years, and in 2013 only 1,144 bottles were produced (and only 880 shipped to the UK)
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. Layers of wild strawberry, plum and cherry with wafts of rosemary and fennel. There's also hints of slatey minerals and chocolate powder.
Initially soft, and lush, the palate unveils an array of crushed stones, herbs, and ripe damson and currant flavours.
- Winemaking Notes
2013 is the second year that our vineyards had been tended by Jean-Marc Lafage, and his team at Chateau St Roch. 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 with a small basket press. Maturation in a mixture of new, 1 year old and 2 year old Demi-muids for 14 months, before being bottled with no fining or filtration, and sealed with melted beeswax.
- Growing Conditions
A freezing cold March, led to flowering being a month late. However there was a lovely late summer and the sun continued in to autumn which enabled us to produce a delightfully drinkable vintage, in relatively small quantities.
- 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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