Sous la Montagne Fitou 2016

Red

France

Roussillon

Description

Sous la Montagne (“Below the Mountain”) is a new project from winemaker Jeff Carrel and his associate Sebastien Calduch. This range of estate-bottled and négociant wines is sourced from top sites in the Roussillon and western Languedoc, showcasing the pure, unadorned fruit from old vines planted in brilliant granite and schist-based terroirs.

Tasting Notes: Inky, opaque purple color. Loaded, with ripe, dark, pure blackberry, cassis, and plum fruit, with hints of smoke, lump charcoal, and baking spice. Ripe fruit, soft, plush tannins and a light minerality on the palate lead to a lingering finish.

Serve With: A versatile food wine that will pair well with flavorful dishes such as pepper-rubbed bison steak, grilled eggplant with garlicky yogurt sauce, red pepper hummus wraps, and more.

Additional information

Country

Region

Appellation

Fitou AOP

Variety

Vintage

Wine Type

UPC

097871015653

Case Code

10097871015650

Vineyards

From vineyards in Villeneuve-les-Corbières (inland part of Fitou appellation, bordering the southwest edge of Corbières).

Composition

66% Carignan, 34% Syrah.

Viticulture

From 60+ year old Carignan vines and 30+ year old Syrah vines yielding <1.5 tons/acre! Soils dominated by schist. Manual harvest.

Winemaking

The Syrah was destemmed and crushed, with a long, pre-fermentation cold-soak. Once fermentation nearly finished, whole clusters of Carignan were added to undergo carbonic maceration. Short aging in tank, unoaked.

Alcohol

14.5%

Accolades

91 pts, “It's full-bodied but not heavy, instead offering satisfying richness without excessive weight.” -JC, The Wine Advocate, 4/18 (2016).

90 pts, “Fresh, elegant and lively, yet also nicely concentrated, it has beautiful purity and fine tannin.” – JebDunnuck.com, 9/17 (2016).

Vegan

Farming Practices

HPS SKU

SOUS022216

 

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