Three Peaks

We called this wine Three Peaks because three distinct peaks of the Pyrenees can be seen from the vineyards – Pic de Nouolous, Roc de France and Pic de Canigou – and also because I’m from Yorkshire, home of the famous Three Peaks Challenge.

However, we found that sales of the wine in France were a bit weak, presumably because the name suggested an Australian wine. So it is also labelled “Le Bon Voisin”. Same wine, different name, that’s all.

Character

A rich, stylish and complex red wine made from 40% Syrah, 30% Mourvedre, 20% Grenache and 10% Carignan. Aged in used oak barriques.

Aromas of dark berries, Christmas spices and a hint of saddle-leather. The palate is rich and spicy with flavours of dark fruits. It has good structure and body and generally ages well for around 8 years.

Food Matches

Three Peaks is a wine that is best suited to the dinner table. Like many robust red wines it goes well with a wide range of meat dishes and hearty vegetarian recipes involving tomatoes or cheese.

Production

  • Vineyard : Sustainably farmed red clay/limestone with high stone content.
  • Average Yield 28 hl/ha
  • Hand-picked and sorted. Transported in small caissettes.
  • No acidification or chaptelisation
  • Fermented in concrete vats at 26-28 °C for 3 weeks.
  • Agen in a selection of previously used oak barriques for 12 months.
  • Unfined but filtered at bottling in the following autumn.
  • Bottled in Ecova environmentally-friendly, lightweight bottles and sealed with DIAM natural corks to prevent cork-taint.
  • 10 000 bottles made 

Reviews

Guide Hachette ** (2012), Revue du Vin de France 15/20 (2013), Jancis Robinson 17.5/20 (2011), Robert Parker 91/100 (2012)

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