Le Clos Carignan Vieilles Vignes 2017

Le Clos Carignan Vieilles Vignes 2017

Domaine l’Agly, a small vineyard situated above the medieval village of Latour de France – the historic southern entrance to the kingdom of France – uses precious old Carignan vines planted in 1900 to produce this superb expression of a sometimes-overlooked grape variety.

The grapes are picked by hand, manually de-stemmed and individually selected. Fermentation takes place in old, 500-litre wooden casks and following a long maceration of 55 days the wine is transferred into barrels for 12 months prior to release. Due to the very low yields from this small vineyard, only 1200 bottles of this wine can be made. It has not been fined or filtered and so a harmless deposit may form over time in bottle.

The wine is dark, concentrated, refined and elegant with striking aromas of ripe raspberry and cherry, and subtle notes of the wild herbs that grow here; a wine that could not be made anywhere else or from any other grape variety.

Named Le Clos, for the old wall that defines the terraced vineyard, built more than a century ago from rough local stones, beneath the mountain and overlooking the sea.

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