Calmel & Joseph Vieux Carignan, La Fabrique, 2021

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Tasting Notes: Wild strawberry, plum and fragrant herbs. The palate is supple with silky tannins and lush fruity notes of wild cherry and fig mixed with lovely spice. Ripe fruit flavours are balanced by the characteristic freshness provided by altitude.

Region: Languedoc-Roussillon, France

Varieties: 100% Carignan
ABV: 14.5%
Closure: Cork


Pairing: Rich poultry, beef brisket, roast root vegetables with herbs and spices.

More Info: This wine comes from a solitary group of Carignan vines planted in 1890. Neither drought nor disease has managed to affect the quality of the grapes which possess a genuine local character.

The grapes are hand-picked and placed into small trays (caissettes). They are then destemmed, but left uncrushed, before being going into vat. Alcoholic fermentation lasts for 15 days at a temperature between 25°- 30°C. A major aerated pumping-over operation is carried out half-way through the alcoholic fermentation. The rest of the pumping-over is light, lasting only 5 minutes each day. The wine spends 27 days in vat and is then racked off and settled several times before being going back into vat for the start of malolactic fermentation.