Le Secret

The secret is that normally a Cotes du Roussillon should have no more than 80% syrah, but this wine has around 95%, with Grenache added to soften the edges and Mourvedre to add a bit of spice.

Character

The nose is a powerful combination of chocolate cake, tobacco and dark berries. A concentrated, structured wine with great length.

Food Matches

Steak would be my first choice but this robust red goes well with all manner of beef and lamb roasts and casseroles.

Production

  • Vineyard : Sustainably farmed clay/marl with very high schist/quartz content.
  • Yield 28 hl/ha
  • Hand-picked and sorted. Transported in small caissettes.
  • No acidification or chaptelisation
  • Fermented in concrete vats at 27 °C for 3 weeks.
  • Aged in a combination of new (10%) and used barrels for 12 months.
  • Unfined but filtered at bottling in the following winter.
  • Bottled in Ecova environmentally-friendly, lightweight bottles and sealed with high quality natural corks that attempt to reduce cork-taint risk to a minimum. 
  • 6000 bottles made 

Reviews

Top 50 Syrahs in the world under £25 (Decanter Feb 2011).

“Blackish crimson and very, very meaty. Bloody almost. The fruit is lavishly ripe and dense, laced with star anise and peppery, coffee depth. Powerful and tight-packed tannins with a lustrous sheen. A wine with glamour and staying power. It certainly makes a statement”. 17.5/20 Jancis Robinson (2007).

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