Vieilles Vignes rouge

A blend from the oldest vines on the estate (50 to 100 years old): 50 % Grenache et LLadoner Pelut, 35% Carignan, 15% Syrah. Limestone-clay soils, mainly on hillsides, pH >9. Extensive work on the vines: green harvest, bud and side-shoots removal and leaf thinning. Grapes are picked at optimum ripeness, and then sorted in the vineyard and after de-stemming. The harvest is transported in refrigerated trucks. Short pre-fermentary cold maceration in small stainless steel vats, at low temperature with daily punching of the cap and pumping-over. Temperatures controlled in the cap during fermentation. 20 to 25 day macerations with slow and gentle extraction.

Aged without racking for 12 months in one-year and two-year old barrels, as well as traditional cement tanks. Bottled after fining for 2 months in tanks. A naturally powerful wine, with no excess, but extremely aromatic. The silkiness of the tannins makes it enjoyable young, but it will show its full potential after aging in the bottle for at least 3 years. Ideal years cellaring: 5 to 10 year.

Vieilles Vignes rouge

  • « Black fruit jam and blackcurrant liqueur with hints of tobacco and vanilla. Superb concentration. Totally rounded on the palate. Gloriously suave and unctuous texture».

  • “Deep black ink robe with garnet reflections. The bouquet is that of an elixir, the epitome of femininity, hints of Licorice come out shamelessly, escorted by cloves, Herbs de Provence and black pepper. It is so thick that it could almost be chewed. The palate is luscious, fleshy, seductive, with chocolate and mint aromas, quickly dismissed by cocoa and raspberry. Infinite finish with mocha and kirsch. Absolutely fatal. until 2029.”
    2007 Vintage 98/100
    Guide des Meilleurs Vins de France 2011

  • “Intense red fruit aromas, broad volume with tension and freshness, imperative to wait”
    Le Monde

  • “Fleshy, ripe and spicy tannins. Balanced and maturity. Young and lively fruit. Needs time”.
    Pierre Casamayor, Revue du Vin de France, février 2008

  • « There's plenty of muscle to the dried raspberry, red currant and smoke flavors. Intense mocha and cream notes fill the spicy finish, along with plenty of dark chocolate. Grenache, Carignan, Lladoner Pelut and Syrah. Drink now through 2015»
    Millésime 2006 92 points
    Kim Marcus - Wine Spectator, september 10, 2010

  • “Absolutely fine tannins, spice, licorice, great concentration”
    Bettane & Desseauve, Grand Guide des Vins de France 2008

  • “Vieilles Vignes 2005 is supported by a mineral and tannic frame and spicy aromas”
    Les Meilleurs Vins de France 2008

  • “Outstanding Achievement in 2005. Superb concentration, elegant aging, superbly spicy”
    Revue du Vin de France, Spécial Vin 2007

  • “Floral nose, with a touch of minerals, roasted raspberry, cooled by hints of mint. The palate is very fruity, deep, with fine spicy and cocoa tannins”
    2008 Vint 4,5 glasses out of 5
    Guide Hubert by Pierre Casamayor.

  • « Ripe, seductive, with a deep well of kirsch, cardamom and dark plum flavors. Loads of mocha, cream and spices on the finish »
    Wine Spectator, vol 2, n° 12