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60% Merlot (early-1990s) from basalt soils at Lussas, 20% Grenache (mid-1970s), 20% Cinsault (late-1990s, 2012) from clay-limestone soils at Mirabel, Merlot & Cinsault fermented by maceration carbonique over 10-12 days at 19-20°C, Grenache destemmed, 10 day concrete vat vinification in broad rather than high concrete vats, some pumping over, concrete vat raised 6-7 months, unfined, unfiltered, zero added SO2, 8,000 b


(vat) notably dark red colour; the nose engages via good depth, well sustained black fruit, cassis and blackberry. The palate gives firm flow, tastes well. Rare in my view, this is a very successful Merlot base – the macération carbonique serves the Merlot well, so there is good, entertaining fruit. This is w.o.w. wine suited to grills and friends. “We sought the right path with the Merlot over two to three years, with it too vegetal etc to start with. The macération carbonique delivered the key to it, it receives 10-12 days at 19-20°C. Our concrete vats are broad rather than high, which helps,” Manu Cunin. Bottling April 2019. 8,000 b. €8.90. To 2022 Feb 2019