From Carignan vines planted on schist in 1903, a mixture of force and elegance for one of the finest (and most looked after) wines from the Roussillon.
Tasted from barrel, Gallet’s 2012 Carignan 1903 presents – perhaps even more than usual for this bottling – a quite singular expression of its cepage and vintage. Dark berries – bitter-edged blackberry, blueberry, and huckleberry – are accented by crushed stone and smoky black tea, with an almost gunpowder-like combination of char and faint reduction further stiffening a finish already starched with tannin, but also serving for persistent attention-getting. I am most intrigued as to how this will evolve, past behavior of wine from these vines suggesting that it will be worth following through at least 2025.
|Appellation||VDP Pyrennees Orientales|
|Winery||Domaine le Roc des Anges|
|Other||BIO, No SO2|
|Inventory||In Stock (25)|
Deep colour. Quite a rounded, ripe nose. Quite firm tannins. Underlying freshness. Good minerality and quite intense, but still refreshing. Quite youthful and sturdy and plenty of potential.
Wild hare with a blood and red wine sauce, duck in a blood sauce, game birds.
Rotten schist on the north side of the Forca Real mountain.
Biodynamic farming. Bush vines pruning. Leaf Thinning and pruning. Hand harvest.
Fermented with indigenous yeasts in concrete vats then aged for 9 months in wooden foudres.
The domain of 20 hectares was created in February 2001 by 23 year old Marjorie Gallet. Exposed to wine at an early age (she grew up near Côte Rôtie), she earned her degree at Montpellier while doing apprenticeships with Yves Cuilleron and Pierre Gaillard in the northern Rhone. The domain is located in the valley of Agly, on shallow schist soils (the bedrock is less than one meter down in most parts of the vineyard). 30 different parcels make up the domain with primarily a northern exposition on the side of the Força Real Mountain, protected from the ocean wind and humidity. 40% of the vines are more than 95 years old! Marjorie believes that the vines should be allowed to find their “autonomie” in order to truly express their terroir.