" Tasted out of tank, the 2015 Cotes du Roussillon Villages is a total blockbuster that could be the finest cuvee yet from this collaboration between Michel Chapoutier and Ron Laughton of Jasper Hill. Its inky purple color is followed by full-bodied, pedal to the metal-styled aromas and flavors of blackberries, currants, licorice and roasted herbs, with a marine like minerality showing with more time in the glass. Beautifully concentrated, ripe, unctuous and luxuriously textured, it will drink well on release and keep for a decade. The blend in 2015 is 60% Syrah and 40% Grenache, completely destemmed, aged 18 months in concrete tank."
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.
60% of Carignan. 20% of Syrah. 20% of Grenache.
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).