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TASTING NOTES
Attractive raspberry red color with hints of garnet. Lively, complex nose of red and black fruits. Refined, even exotic, oak fragrance with hints of incense, spices (nutmeg, clove, ginger) anise, autumn woods and tobacco. Soft in the mouth with fresh, tangy acidity. Wonderful balance. Well-structured yet elegant, with fine tannins. Subtle nuances of toast, vanilla and roasted coffee beans. Multiple layers of flavor. Striking silkiness. Truly sensual.


PROFILE
- Classic blend of four traditional varietals :
     - Merlot 45% (bouquet, fruit)
     - Cabernet Sauvignon 15 % (fruit, liveliness)
     - Vieux Carignan 20% (structure, character)
     - Grenache Noir 20% (body, depth)
- Vine training : Attached, short pruning, single shaft. Minimal spraying, tilled soil
- Average yield : 60 hl/ha


WINEMAKING
- Destemming and Crushing : 100 %
- Length of Maceration : prolonged, 20 days minimum
- Temperature of Fermentation : controlled, cool (77°F)
- Yeasts : selected regional indigenous yeasts
- Malolactic Fermentation : 100 %
- Blending : after 9 months ageing the 4 varietals separately
-Total Ageing : extensive, 24 months plus 1 additional month maceration on French oak chips, prior to bottling

FOOD AND WINE AFFINITIES
Duck terrine laced with olives, roast rack of lamb, barbecued beef or pork chops with fines herbes, pheasant with wild mushrooms, boeuf bourguignon.

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