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Dom. Rouge-Bleu 2020 "Origine", Carignan Vieille Vigne

Caroline and Thomas decided to divert their best and oldest Carignan fruit to create this new wine in 2019. We were captivated by its purity and contained power. It should earn new respect for an under-rated variety that is capable of greatness in the Rhône as well as the Languedoc (not to mention Sonoma!). The first release sold out in a trice. The new wine is even better!

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Wine Specifics

WineWise Code
FRB-ORI20
Country
France
Region
Rhone
Color/Style
Red
Farming Practices
Bio-dynamic
Varieties
100% Carignan
ABV
14
Residual Sugar
LQ
Acidity
3.09
Closure
Natural Cork
Case Size
12x750
Pricing
Discountable
Maceration
2 weeks maceration in concrete tank
Pumpover/Punchdown
mild pumpover/lees circulation
Destemming
Partial
Fermentation Vessel
Concrete
Fermentation Duration
2 weeks
Aging Method
Stainless Steel 66%, Used Barrique 33%
Aging Duration (months)
24
Filtered
Yes
Fining Agents
None
Yeast
Native
Malolactic
Yes
Added Sulfur
Yes, 45 mg/L
Soil Type
Alluvial, Gravel
Elevation (meters)
30
Vineyard Aspect
Northeast
Vine Age
57
Yields (hl/ha)
25
Vine Training
Bushvines
Picking
Hand-harvested
Annual Production
3000 bottles

Notes from the Producer: Carignan is an ancient southern Rhone variety which today accounts for less than 5% of the vineyards of the region. It is famous for elegant freshness and a warmly spiced palate. Recent years have seen this historic variety removed in favour of more crowd-pleasing, quick-to-market varieties as young Carignan can be difficult to temper. However, with age comes wisdom and class, and our 1965 and 1978 plots of old vines are certainly testament to this.
VINIFICATION: This expressive wine is the result of hand harvesting and wild yeast fermentation. It is almost fully destemmed. Its careful maturation is done for 18 months in aged oak and concrete vessels before blending. Very low sulphur addition prior to bottling maintains the varietal expression and elegance of this magical grape.
TASTING NOTES:
Colour: Ruby red
Nose: Bramble and warm spice
Palate: Fresh and vibrant, with velvety richness and a perfumed opulence of blackcurrant, forest fruits, cinnamon, and pink pepper. Lingering soft tannins on the finish.
WINE AND FOOD MATCHING:
Excellent with charcuterie, Italian dishes, and hearty home-cooking.
Drink now or cellar for many years to come...

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