"Probably the greatest wine yet from this collaboration between Michel Chapoutier and Ron Laughton, the 2013 Cotes du Roussillon 60% Syrah and 20% each of Grenache and Carignan was harvested on September 15 and sees only concrete-tank aging. It has the purity and focus of the vintage to go with superb notes of blackberry and black-cherry-like fruit, pepper, bouquet garni and incredible minerality. A big, rich, medium to full-bodied effort, it has great acidity, a silky, elegant texture and knockout length. It should be relatively accessible on release, yet benefit from short-term cellaring and have 10-15 years of overall longevity. Unfortunately, there were less than 300 cases produced."
In the Rhone Valley, or through the most beautiful regions of France and the world, the Maison M. CHAPOUTIER lets the terroir express itself.
garnet-red, with an important colouring intensity, dense, limpid and brilliant with young lights (bluish purple).
very aromatic on black fruit aromas, very ripe, complex (roasting notes and noble leather). The woody aromas are discreet and well-integrated (spices).
the attack is ample and silky. The wine is powerful and concentrated presenting mild tannins. One notices aromas of ripe fruits, leather and roasting notes.
Sommelier's advice: Thym Lamb, beef.
The grapes are picked and selected by hand, 100% destemmed.
The vineyards are located on the slopes in the upper reaches of the Agly valley. The plot planted with Carignan and Shiraz is on gneiss at an altitude of 250 m, and faces north. The plot planted with Grenache is on south-facing slopes on an original soil made up of schists on a layer of limestone.
The crop is hand-harvested, totally destemmed and sorted out. Fermentations take place in small cement vats. Extraction is only carried out by light punching of the cap. Maceration lasts between 3 and 4 weeks according to tasting. The malolactic fermentation is performed in casks.
The wine is aged from 16 to 20 months only in barrels (which have been used previously from 1 to 3 wines from various origins).