La Liberté Touriga Nacional 2016, Pierre Cros

“La liberte 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 what we do) Jacques-Bénigne Bossuet. Pierre loves to quote this famous French author in his reasoning behind producing his Touriga Nacional (and Nebbiolo) The price of Pierre’s determination in producing this varietal is an annual fine of 10% of his production - it is well worth paying!
Main Grape:
Grape Mix:
Sub Region:
Hearty, rustic and full flavoured
Drinking Window:
Drink now through to 2022
Closure Type:

Pierre Cros

Pierre Cros, an ex rugby player, is a genuine winemaker from the Languedoc wine region. Domaine Pierre Cros is based in Badens, situated in the Minervois, surroundered 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. However, he is something of a maverick and a thorn in the side of the AOC authorities, as most unusually, he grows the non-permitted grape varieties of Nebiolo (Italy), Touriga Nacional (Portugal) and Pinot Noir (Burgundy). 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

Produced from a small plot of only 1.0 ha of vines. A wine produced from the grape variety grown in the Portuguese Douro and Dao regions. Highly complex with flavours and aromas of spice, coffee, fruit, laurel and thyme, this is a super, intense and multi-layered wine.

Food Matches

A great accompaniment with curry or other Asian dishes.


Wine fermented in concrete tanks.