Mont Rocher Carignan Vieilles Vignes, IGP D'Hérault, France, 2012
- Blend: Carignan 100%
- ABV: 12.5%
- Residual Sugar: 8 g/l
- Closure: Screwcap
- Colour: Red
- Style: Still
- Suitable for Vegetarians: Yes
- Suitable for Vegans: Yes
- Organic: No
- Biodynamic: No
Southern France, with its multifarious regions, indigenous grapes, cultures and traditions is home to some of the most exciting, characterful wines in the world at present. Mont Rocher is a collection of wines produced from indigenous varieties, produced in a style that lets them clearly express their varietal typicity and sense of place. Pure, authoritative packaging that lets the wines do the talking meets delicious, well balanced wines that offer a taste of the real France.
The Languedoc grape harvest of 2012 was a record-breaker: with crops down worldwide this year, the southern French region's estimated 11.7 million hectolitres (figures from October 1, 2012) was an all-time low.
The fruit is sourced from vines around the village of Cruzy, sort of medium altitude in the western Hérault north of Narbonne, and - this is the secret - the vines are 50 years old.
Although this wine is made with an old traditional grape variety, the vinification was carried out in a modern style. The grapes are destemmed and crushed. The fermentation is carried out at controlled temperature, around 23°C . The ageing is carried out in tanks with a small amount of French oak staves to add more complexity and roundness to the blend.
Time: 3 months; Type: French Staves; % oaked: 35;
This juicy wine has a beautiful cherry red colour. The nose shows an abundance of intense red berry fruit and hints of vanilla flavours. The palate is soft, full flavoured with a smooth easy drinking finish.
With casseroles and roast beef