La Petite Sibérie

Unique parcel plot (2hectare 32ares 32centiares – 5.74 acres, half productive) of old bush vines of Grenache noir, located on the southern slope of a hillock facing East - West. Planted on a clay-limestone base, layers of shale and mica-schist, dark red in colour and exceptionally rich in iron. Extreme weather conditions: the plot is swept by icy North-West winds more than 200 days per year. Late pruning. Intensive work in the vineyards: buds and lateral shoots removal, bunch equalising, leaf-thinning. Perfect phenolic ripeness is aimed for, while preserving freshness and fruit. Hand-picked grapes are stored and transported in refrigerated trucks. 20 days of maceration with extraction through gentle daily cap-punching. De-vatting in new oak barrels. Aged on lees with no added sulfur until the end of malolactic fermentation. Regular topping-up with a blend of Mourvèdre/Syrah (5 to 7% depending on the vintage). Bottling without filtration. This impressive wine changes depending on the location and when it is tasted. It evolves in the glass over several hours and has an amazingly long finish with strong tannins and a memorable silkiness. Will improve for the next 10 years and can be cellared for 30 years.

La Petite Sibérie

  • “2008 is the most successful year I ever tasted. Great concentration and precision, dense and fresh at the same time, high accuracy. Refined tannins, great balance between fruit and oak. A great wine that will need patience”
    2008 Vintage Best wine of the year (20 selected) – 18/20
    Guide Bettane-Desseauve 2012

  • “Petite Siberie is a very fine cuvee totally outside the norm or the category. I recommend you taste this 2009, energetic as a young T-Rex, nourishing as a magic potion. Its price and texture challenge common sense!”
    Optimum, octobre 2011

  • “Broad palette of aromas, with hints of violet, candied black fruit, wild mint and peppery cocoa. Very rich mouth, dense and concentrated, but with fresh minerals balancing everything. A perfect pairing with truffles baked in ashes, if you want to indulge”
    2008 Vintage 5 glasses out of 5 possible, tenor of the year
    Pierre Casamayor, Guide Hubert 2011

  • “This cuvee, made to show what the Roussillon is capable of, needs time for the oak to dissolve, with licorice and black fruits supported by a hint of menthol which justifies its name. Will peak in 2012/2020.”
    2007 Vintage 17/20
    Guide Bettane & Desseauve 2010

  • “The nose is powerful, with aromas of plum, cassis and caramel. The palate has hints of iodine, with a unique and massive texture which will smooth out quickly”
    2007 Vintage ✮✮✮✮✮✮✩ 18,5/20
    Guide Gault et Millau 2011

  • “2006 requires time for the oak to melt, but the quality of the tannins of this wine is outstanding. The freshness of the fruit from this terroir exposed to cold winds is not yet dominant, but the licorice and black fruits on the finish are lovely. Will peak by 2010/2017.”
    2006 Vintage 16,5/20
    Guide Bettane & Desseauve 2011

  • ““This has a rich, frui¬ty aro¬ma, with a ripe, dense cote of dark plum, kirsch and dark cho¬co¬late fla¬vors. Accents of Co¬coa pow¬der, with plenty of light smo¬ke and gin¬ger snap no¬tes, lin¬ger on the broad, spi¬cy fi¬nish. Po¬wer¬ful and ele¬gant Gre¬na¬che. Drink now through 2016.”
    2006 Vintage 94 pts
    Wine Spectator 11/2010 - Kim Marcus

  • “The quality of the tannins is outstanding. The exceptional freshness of this wine intertwined in spices and licorice comes from the cold winds this cuvee endures. Will peak by 2010/2011.”
    2005 Vintage 18/20
    Guide Bettane-Desseauve 2009

  • “La petite Sibérie is naturally the opposite of its name. Hyper-rich, packed with flavours, it is a powerful and highly generous concentration of Grenache.”
    Thierry Desseauve

  • “Very nice palette of aromas with sleek floral notes. Deep palate, dense, thick with velvety tannins. Great Future.”
    Pierre Casamayor, Revue du Vin de France, février 2008

  • “The quality of the tannins is outstanding. Exceptional freshness, with spices, licorice and black fruits in the finish.”
    Bettane & Desseauve, Grand Guide des Vins de France 2008

  • “Incredibly complex flavors, silky tannins, endless finish: a cult wine”
    Le Figaro Magazine, septembre 2007

  • “Amazing concentration, a big brute dressed in lace, a grandiose wine made from old vines of Grenache”

  • « The most expressive wine in the region »
    Jacqueline Friedrich, The Herald Tribune, november 16, 2007

  • “Extremely rich concentration, never fall into the traps of over-ripeness and heaviness”
    Les Meilleurs Vins de France 2008, éditions RVF

  • “It is today’s Roussillon’s best wine”

  • “The 2003 cuvee is fragrant with black fruits, spices, cocoa, leather and tobacco; a wine that is both rich and smooth, with exceptionally fine tannins.”
    Guide Fleurus des Sommeliers