Type: Red Wine
Country: France
Region: Languedoc-Roussillon
Code: COQU005
A really startling and profoundly enjoyable red with lush fruits and soft integrated tannins. The grapes for this wine come from old Carignan vines, some of which are up to 80 years old.
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Marilyn Lasserre

Marilyn is a genuine pioneer. Since her return to France in 2008, she has significantly contributed to the renewed success of Languedoc’s wines. Bringing her feminine touch to traditionally strong, rustic and full-bodied wines, Marilyn succeeded in improving quality and taste with a rigorous selection in the vineyards and perfect control of the winemaking process. Marilyn studied Viticulture and Oenology in Bordeaux, and has spent time working in various regions throughout the world. Les Argelières is a tribute to the “Terroir” from which these wines are produced, a terroir mostly made of pebble and limestone perfectly exposed to the sun. It enhances the fruit aromas as well as the mineral style of the white wines, whilst giving the reds a vibrant fruit character. The Pays d’Oc has a history of over 2600 years of vine-growing and winemaking. Over the centuries, the wine trade became more and more structured and grew rapidly. The region greatly benefits from the Mediterranean climate, bringing warm mist, and the Black Mountain which offers limestone and clay “terroirs” with cool temperatures.

Purple red with lovely aromas of blackberry and vanilla. Dense and velvety, intense red berries and a lingering finish.
Enjoy with a homemade hamburger and french fries.
Made from 80 year old Carignan vines grown on prime high altitude vineyard situated around Carcassonne, the grapes are harvested mainly by hand, crushed and the juice fermented in tank using a combination of de-stemmed and whole bunch grapes; ferment uses only natural yeasts, with a longer and cooler ferment to extract good colour, enhanced fresh flavours and to ensure the dark fruit and acidity of the Carignan grape is held within the wine. After ferment, the wine benefits form a little press wine added, before settling and racking into tank.

Wine Merchant Top 100 2023, Highly Commended. Brian Elliott, Midweek Wines October 2022: “Back in the day, carignan (like monastrell, originally Spanish) was the “go-to” grape for bulk wine from southern France. With old vines and low yields, however, it can produce delightfully soft and flavoursome red wine, like this, without losing its regional identity. Nutty with liquorice influences, this example has smooth raspberry and prune elements wit aniseed within an otherwise savoury finish.”

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