Sunday, August 22, 2021

Clos del Rey L'Aragone Cotes Catalanes

Amazing old vine Carignan!

2019 Clos del Rey L'Aragone Cotes Catalanes...$29.99
Only 250 cases produced
100% Carignan
Clos del Rey has some of the most amazing Carignan vineyards, but they never produced a pure Carignan until 2012, when they decided to produce “L'Aragone”, which is the winery’s first pure Carignan. The rocky, isolated, mountaintop vineyard that produces this wine is over 300 meters in altitude. This is the highest vineyard in Maury, and its oldest Carignan vines are in excess of 130 years old. This is an inky and complex Carignan. Intense blackberry and black raspberry fruit flavors in the mouth, mingle with exotic sandalwood, and black pepper spice in the nose. This wine delights almost all of the senses, with its beautiful color, complex aromas, intense flavors, and incredible mouth feel. 
Technical Notes:
All the grapes are hand harvested and brought to the winery in small bins, where they are meticulously sorted for quality. The wine undergoes fermentation using indigenous yeasts, and a very gentle extraction, with 2 punch downs per day during the alcoholic fermentation. The maceration ranges from 25 to 35 days, in temperature controlled tanks. Then 40% of the volume is put into new barrels of French oak, while 60% remains in tank. The wine is aged for 14 to 18 months (depending on the vintage) before bottling. The yields are extremely low at 12 to 17 hl per hectare. 

No comments: