Type: Red Wine
Country: France
Region: Languedoc-Roussillon
Code: CROS175
A lieux-dit vineyard, the blend is 2/3 Syrah and 1/3 Mourvèdre. A wine of real character, produced from exceptionally poor soils that force the vines to work hard and penetrate deep underground.

Domaine Pierre 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
The palate is succulent and rich in raspberry fruit. A wet stone minerality, soft tannins and overtones of garrigue, provide a wonderful herb backdrop, whilst a hint of cinnamon lingers on the finish. “Entre la vigne et la mer, entre ma mère et mon père, entre Syrah and Mourvèdre, non pas les raisins de colère mais les raisins de l’amour.” (Between the vine and the sea, between my Mother and my Father, between Syrah and Mourvedre, not the grapes of anger but the grapes of love…..) – Pierre Cros.
Ideal as an aperitif, or as a fabulous accompaniment to grilled meat dishes.
This is a very full and spicy red. 50% each Syrah and Mourvedre, the vines around 65 years old and planted on narrow terraces with a NE exposure. The vines are very low yielding, around 35 HL/Ha, and all hand picked. After sorting, the grapes are destemmed, and the grapes gently crushed in large oak vats, with twice daily pumpovers to aid a long and even extraction. Maturation is in a mix of oak vats and smaller oak, normally used barriques, for around 12 months. Bottled without filtration.

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