Jérôme and Sabine Bertrand have been making wine near the tiny village of Paziol since 1993 but six generations of Jérôme’s family have preceded them, right back to his great-grandfather Jean Sirven, who won plaudits for his wines at the 1900 World’s Fair in Paris. They continued to make wine until the 1960s when the decision was taken to supply grapes to the local co-operative. 1993 was the year when Jérôme and Sabine took winemaking back into their own hands. The decision has proved to a good one and they have earned a reputation as one of the best domains in Fitou. They now oversee 33 hectares of vines, planted with grenache, syrah and carignan with an average age of 60 years. The wines are matured in concrete rather than new oak for the simple reason that Jérome and Sabine have no room for barrels, though they have their eyes on converting an old stable for the purpose.
Deep ruby colour. The nose is clean and developing, showing primary aromas of black plum, blackberry, blackcurrant, red plum, strawberry and mint. The wine is Dry in the mouth with a good acidity. Primary flavours of dark berries with a hint of mint.
Goes superb with a classic bangers and mash.