One out of our 5 hectares of Syrah are "old vines", planted in 1981 and 1983. 30-year-old vines, when properly handled, are special. Old vines are rooted deeply. They are resistant to drought and produce smaller crops. The average yields decrease leading to more concentrated, intense wines. Wine from old vines tastes more intense and profound and embodies "terroir". In our case, the heat of the summer days, the freshness of the nights and the Mistral.
Our old Syrah was hand-picked on 13 and 17 September 2014. We swear by wild yeasts clinging to surfaces in our vineyard and our winery and spontaneous fermentation. During this phase, we mix pure grape berries (80%) with 20% whole bunches and stems for greater complexity and silkier tannins. During the fermentation, we use temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks. Later we age the Indigène about 18 months in traditional oak barrels. The assemblage with about 20% Cabernet Sauvignon takes place shortly before bottling.
The Indigène 2014 is deep dark cherry red. For the nose, there are wonderful, complex flavours. Flowers, violets, spices, chocolate. The palate is full, rich, delicately balanced and structured. Spices dominate the rich finish.
A wine to keep for the next eight to ten years. Limited to 3231 bottles.
Brilliant with entrecote and steaks, with game, lamb, piglet and grilled chicken. Perfect for stronger flavoured and spicy dishes. Prunes, chocolate, onions, garlic, mushrooms, pepper, and olives, laurel, thyme or rosemary are the basic ingredients for perfect Syrah dishes. Also a good accompaniment for grilled salmon or strong-tasting vegetarian dishes, such as a pasta dish with spicy tomato sauce and mature grated cheese.
Syrah marries well with mature hard cheeses produced from cow or sheep’s milk. (Parmigiano Reggiano, Sbrinz, Pecorino or Manchego). Also appropriate for mature and fruity soft cheeses such as Camembert, Münster or Brie de Meaux.
Strong Syrah wines go perfectly with chocolate made of high-quality cocoa beans.Our favourite is a piece of dark chilli chocolate and a sip Syrah wine. The mix of bitter chocolate, chilli notes and typical Syrah aromas of black currants and spices will delight you.
At the 2017 Concours Général Agricole in Paris, our Indigène 2014 won a gold medal. This renowned contest, which was organized for the first time in 1870, awards medals to the best french agricultural products and animal breeders. The competition is organized within the framework of the International Agricultural Show in Paris. It is subject to state control. Due to the impartiality of the contest medals won in Paris are internationally recognized.
The Wine Guide Gilbert & Gaillard 2017 distributed 93/100 points for our Indigène. A very prestigious note, as scores above 90 seem to be reserved for Bordeaux Grand Crus and the top champagnes. Here is the tasting comment: »Vanilla woody nose, jammy fruit background (blackcurrant, plum, black cherry). Mouth lined by a vibrant, voluptuous fruit. Fine breeding. Density, scale and freshness in harmony. Finesse and tension. A great wine."
Cabernet Sauvignon and Cinsault and Grenache/Garnacha and Shiraz/Syrah and Vermentino
South of France
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