Type: Red Wine
Country: France
Region: Languedoc-Roussillon
Code: PROF015
The Marselan grape was created in 1961 by Paul Truel, a leading ‘Ampleographer’ (Ampleography is the science of identifying, naming and classifying vines and grape varieties). Nowadays this is all done through DNA, but in Truel's time, it was a highly skilled and scientific process. He was described as man of rigor, an insatiable researcher, untiring worker, endowed with a breath-taking memory and an unparalleled observer. The idea of him working away in the lab, combined with the test tubes, ... Read More
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Fredéric Garrabou

Fred was born in the small village of Limoux, situated amongst the Languedoc vineyards. His father and both his grandfathers were vine growers, and he grew up immersed in the vineyards, assisting his father from a young age. The cultivation of vines has always captivated him, as he believes that the finest wines are crafted in the vineyard.  

Dark and intense ruby with purple hues in the glass. The nose is perfectly spiced with hints of black pepper and violet with aromas of blackberry and cassis. This wine offers a rich and dense mouth feel, followed by concentrated flavours. The finish is long and juicy with subtle tannins
Enjoy this wine at room temperature, with beefsteak and French fries, beef stew, rustic pasta
The grapes are harvested when reaching the perfect level of ripeness.For Marselan this usually means late August, sometimes into late September depending on the annual vintage conditions. All the berries are destemmed before maceration at 5°C in an inert atmosphere to avoid oxidation and extract the subtle aromas and fine tannins. The wine is aged for 6 months in stainless steel tanks, on its fine lees.

Silver Medal, 88 points- London Wine Fair, 2024. Brian Elliott, Midweek Wines, June 2023: "Marselan is a cross between cabernet sauvignon and grenache and was developed in France about 60 years ago. While older marselans can display their parent’s typical flavours and richness, young versions like this often provide lighter, youthful, summer drinking when gently chilled. Dark in colour but light in body, this example delivers juicy blackcurrant and red plum flavours coupled with good acidity and suggestions of fudge and cinnamon." JancisRobison.com, 2023: ''Pretty much everything you want Marselan to be. Juicy, as sweetly ripe and dark as a fistful of late-summer figs soused in cassis. The tannins feel just like a perfectly brined kalamata olive – in that space where silky turns oily turns dry-leafy. This is a quaffing wine, but it does Quaffing Generously, capitalised.''

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