100% Muscat, naturally fermented then mutage employed with spirit. Rich, opulent, thick and beautifully scented. Really clean and fresh none of the harshness and fire that you can get with this style. Sophisticated.
Lionel Comelade produces this stunning wine from ancient vine Macabeu and Grenache Gris grown on amazing black and white schist soil vineyards between Estagel and Latour de France in the Roussillon. Both white grapes were harvested later in the season in 1988 with high sugar levels. The grapes were partially fermented in concrete vats and then neutral brandy was added to stop fermentation and keep natural sweetness in the wine. Then the wine was passed to second use oak barrels and left in the cellar for 32 years before bottling (to order). No ‘topping up’ of the barrels occurred in the 32 years. The wine is tremendous, possibly surpassing the 1987. It is ‘ambre’ in colour. A bright, wild nose with orange rind, orange oil and warm spices. The pallet is thrilling with great complexity and depth with thrilling, wild acidity which really charms. Astonishing and quite unique. The wine is one of the best value fortified wines in the world. 32 years of age, so interesting and delicious. A steal at this price.
This domaine's showpiece wine is made using the best Chardonnay grapes, fermented and matured in French oak. Burgundian and silky in style, Odyssée featured on the dream wine list of three 'Best Sommelier in the World' winners.
100% Carignan from 80 year old vines. Complex floral aromas. On the palate the fruits, such as raspberry and morello cherry, are crunchy and fresh. There is also a very strong stony/mineral feeling. The finish is long and pure. A vibrant wine.
Old vine Grenache grown on limestone, that produces something amazing. Ethereal, sublime and surprisingly fesh, this achieves a level of finesse akin to fine red Burgundy. Remarkable, special, very good.
Natural, biodynamic and vegan. Grenache, Carignan and now (for the first time) Mourvedre from 80 year old vines, Made without filtering or fining. Pale but gorgeous mid red colour. At first on the nose, you are like "What even is that?". Whatever it is, you know that you like it. Elegant, subtle fruit is intermixed with gentle herb, earth and savoury charachters. Deep and wonderful. On the palate the wine is elegant and deep again, but not heavy in the slightest. Ruffled fruit and savoury notes with minerality and real finesse. These wines are like no other from the Roussillon. Outstanding.
Classic Picpoul de Pinet with a pretty floral nose, very refreshing on the palate and an attractive grapefruit and lemon peel finish. This is a really lovely vintage from our friends at Domaine de Castelnau, great growers of Picpoul de Pinet.
Made from 100% Cinsault that's from a single site of black shciste in Espira. The vines are 130++ years old. The medium ruby-colored wine has pretty, juicy notes of cherries, dusty spice-box and dried flowers in a medium-bodied, delicious, charming style. Elegant, thrillingly mineral and very long.
The 2020 En passant sees an exciting new blend debuting after a few vinatges of a similar blend. The 2020 is Muscat from altitude in the Roussillon on clay limestone and Roussanne from high in the Minervois grown on schist soil. The Muscat is bred in a mixture of stainless steel vat and clay amphiora and the Roussanne in stainless steel vat.
Grapes from are pressed slowly in whole bunches - very gentle racking - vinificaton without sulphur, at low temperature - ageing on lees.
And what a lovely wine it is - light and clean wine, of fresh apricot and peach with a floral and honeyed nose. A lovely, long length that leaves a mouthwatering shimmer that really charms. Bravo Vincent Chasnsault!
100% Maccabeu. Jeb Dunnuck writes "shows lots of lime, citrus peel, green herbs and hints of minerality. This is a fresh, crisp, clean white that will function perfectly as a meal starter. Made from Maccabeu and Grenache that saw some barrel aging (all older oak)"
Old vine Grenache grown on decomposed black schist with a limestone sub soil, that produces something amazing. Ethereal, sublime and surprisingly fesh, this achieves a level of finesse akin to fine red Burgundy. Remarkable, special, very good indeed.
100% Carignan Gris that was raised in older barrels. It offers that classic cold steel-like character I always find in Carignan Gris, as well as plenty of citrus blossom, bright apple fruit - steely and penetrating. A real one-off. Utterly beautiful wine.
70% Syrah, 20% Grenache and 10% Carignan that spent 24 months in older oak. Pretty and perfumed aromatically, with notes of spring flowers, rose garden, sappy underbrush and plenty of black cherry and darker berry fruit.
Energy is a word used a lot by the finest Roussillon growers. We don't think there has been a finer example than this extraordinary wine from the freres Danjou. Syrah from the Roussillon coming in at 11.5% abv. ANOTHER extraordinary wine. Don't miss.
100% Mauzac from one parcel at 300 m on a plateau of Eocene molasse (marl, sandstone, schist, pebbles). In final year of conversion to organic certification, natural cover cropping. Yields 32 hl/ha. 60-year-old vines. Hand-sorted, only best free-run juice used. Fermented and aged in seasoned oak barrels with occasional bâtonnage. RS 0 g/l, TA 3.39 g/l, pH 3.29.