Les Rocs, Vin de France, Pierre Cros

A very unusual blend of Nebbiolo, Touriga Nacional and Grenache Noir, 33% of each varietal. Vinified separately in 35hl oak foudres followed by 5 months ageing. Of course, neither Nebbiolo nor Touriga Nacional are permitted varietals in the Minervois appellation and so this wine is sold as ‘Vin de France’. Pierre shrugs his shoulders and says “La liberté n'est pas de faire ce que l'on veut, mais de vouloir ce que l'on fait.” (Freedom is not doing what we want, but wanting to do what we're doing) . He loves to quote the famous French author Jacques-Bénigne Bossuet.
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Grape Mix:
33% Nebiolo, 33% Touriga Nacional, 33% Grenache Noir
Rich, bold and robust
Drinking Window:
Drink now
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Domaine Pierrre Cros

Pierre Cros, an ex rugby player, is a genuine maverick winemaker from the Languedoc wine region. Above all he is a great character. His domaine is situated in the small village of Badens in the Minervois, surrounded by the Canal du Midi to the South and the Montagne Noire to the North. It is here in the intense heat of the southern sun that little else grows except the vine and olive tree…and it is here that Pierre Cros cultivates his 20 hectares of vines including the classic Southern French varieties of Grenache, Carignan and Syrah as well as some very interesting Touriga Nacional and Nebbiolo. Low yield and vines dating from 1905 contribute to the production of some extremely fascinating and popular wines which are deep and structured and very enjoyable. “I neither pretend to teach you how you should taste my wines… nor when… or why… or (even worse) with whom. I would just like to outline certain reflexions and ideas, which in my opinion are important for today’s wine world. I would like to tell you, for example, that above all I am a peasant, a hillbilly if you like, with all my knowledge and all my doubts. And I am surely a full man, proud about his roots and proud to rrrrrole the R’s like people do in my country.” Pierre Cros

Tasting Notes

The bouquet is very much dominated by the Nebbiolo, fragrant strawberries and a hint of truffle. The palate is powerful, inky rich and chunky with the Touriga Nacional coming to the fore, and the finish shows a lovely spicy garrigue derived from the Grenache Noir. The tannins are super fine and the length of finish long and intense.

Food Matches

A superb accompaniment to grilled meat dishes.