We named our Grenache blend ABÉLARD to reflect its forceful, masculine, brooding intensity. Our mature (25 year old plus) Grenache flourishes at this high altitude and at harvest the scent of wild strawberries and black fruit wafts through the winery. We have strived to capture and showcase this highly perfumed aroma.
LABELS & TASTING NOTES
Vines: Grenache, 25-30 years old, north-west facing at 530 m. Syrah, 40-45 years old, south-west facing at 540 m.
Pruning method: Double cordon de Royat, 6 shoots per cordon.
Treatments: No synthetic treatments used; biodynamic priniciples ensure health of vine and soil.
Oak aged: 11 months in all new fine French oak (our first vintage)
Appearance: A very deep ruby.
Nose: Abélard’s rich dark character lifts from the glass, showing ripe blackberry, garrigue, liquorice and spice.
Palate: Intense and concentrated. Layered fruit (blackberry and morello cherry) with plenty of spice. The fine-grained tannins give lots of welcome structure. Like premium cuvée Châteauneufs, it is elegant and powerful, with a masculine profile.
Finish: Warm and lengthy.
Enjoy with roast beef, venison, duck and root vegetables.
Decant for several hours and serve at room temperature.
Ageing potential: 15-20 years.
Silver Medal for the Rhône at the International Wine Challenge 2009, at London International Wine Fair.
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