Calmel and Joseph Vieux Carignan, Languedoc

DSC03160Grape Variety: Carignan
Region: Cotes du Brian, Languedoc-Roussillon
Country: France
Vintage: 2012
ABV: 14.5%

Price: £10.50 Order via the contact form on the home page

The informative bit; Carignan vines are some of the oldest in Languedoc, these in particular are 120 years old from Minervois vineyards (it can’t be a Minervois AOC as it’s not the right blend). Old vines have the advantage of having had to work hard and root down deep into the limestone rock thus adding complexity to the grapes. Older vines also produce more concentrated flavoured fruit too as yield is a limited. A great wine for any lovers of low tannin wines such as Pinot Noir or Gamay, or even those of you who prefer white.

Tasting notes; Big, bold and round with red cherry fruit. Light tannins. Like a big warm hug.

Drinking hints and tips: On its own or with pork – either in-front of the fire on a rainy afternoon or chilled on a warm summer’s day with a BBQ.

Independent Reviews and Rewards:

Decanter Bronze Medal
International Wine Challenge Silver
Jancis Robinson 17.5/20: “Really succulent-smelling, masses of ripe crushed strawberries and cranberries and spice. Wonderful garrigue overlay on crunchy minerality and packed with vibrant fruit wrapped comfortably in the arms of fine-grained tannins. The unmistakeable taste of dried thyme on a long thoughtful finish. It’s gorgeous and just goes to show what you can make with very old Carignan vines.”

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