Minervois Rouge Vieilles Vigne 2019, Domaine Pierre Cros

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A superb depth and intensity to the bouquet, this is a tightly knit wine laden with black fruits and firm, suave tannins. Layer upon layer of persistent, ripe black cherry flavours dominate with a dash of garrigue as well. A wine of great finesse and complexity.
Type:
Vintage:
2019
Size:
75cl
Main Grape:
Grape Mix:
100% Carignan
Style:
N/A
ABV:
0%
Region:
Country:
France
Sub Region:
Minervois
Body:
Hearty, rustic and full flavoured
Drinking Window:
Drink from 2021 through to 2026
Closure Type:
Cork
£17.99
 

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

This wine is produced from 100% Carignan vines planted in 1905. Aged in 1 year old oak barrels, used the previous vintage for the prestige Les Aspres, for 8 months. An element of carbonic maceration enhances the aromatics. A superb depth and intensity to the bouquet, this is a tightly knit wine laden with black fruits and firm, suave tannins. Layer upon layer of persistent, ripe black cherry flavours dominate with a dash of garrigue as well. A wine of great finesse and complexity.

Food Matches

A delicious accompaniment to red meat and cheese. Try with boeuf bourguignon or a beef fillet with mushrooms.

Vinification

Aged in 1 year old oak barrels, used the previous vintage for the prestige Les Aspres, for 8 months. An element of carbonic maceration enhances the aromatics.