65% Grenache, 35% Syrah
This Grenache-Syrah is the latest addition to the "Les Jamelles Special Reserve" collection, following the success of our Cabernet-Merlot. It is a serious, concentrated, thoroughly Mediterranean wine, with excellent ageing potential. It comes from a unique terroir, near Perpignan, and is vinified with great care.
The grapes are harvested by hand. They undergo a long temperature-controlled maceration, except for a small proportion of the Grenache grapes which are vinified using carbonic maceration. The wines start their ageing process in the vat in which the malolactic fermentation took place and are then transferred to oak barrels where they remain for about 9 months (the duration is defined by regular tastings). The wines are then racked manually and carefully blended. They remain in the vat for a few more weeks until the ageing process is complete and are bottled without being filtered.
- Appearance: Attractive dark red colour. - Nose: Complex and very intense scents ("garrigue" mixed with charcoal, fruits preserved in alcohol, spices and fine wood). - Taste: This is a rich wine, round, long and concentrated with powerful, yet mature, tannins that are very silky on the finish. Despite its strength, it is very expressive and well-balanced. On the palate, aromas of fruit spirits are combined with liquorice tastes tinged with violet flavours (reminiscent of "Zan" liquorice sweets). The well-rounded finish is focused on concentrated notes of fine wood (cedar) and mixed spices.
The wine in this Grenache-Syrah blend comes from an exceptional terroir, unique in the Pays d'Oc - hillside slopes with poor soils situated in the heights of the Pyrénées-Orientales. We have selected old vines (over 50 years old) situated in the Maury region, on the stony plateaux to the west of Perpignan. In this region, Grenache grapes were traditionally used to produce red Vins Doux Naturels (similar in character to port wines). The wind and sunshine (this is the sunniest part of France) concentrate the grapes naturally. Yields are naturally very low, on average lower than 35 hectolitres per hectare.
- Guide Hachette des Vins 2006: 1 Star - Vinalies internationales 2005 : Silver Medal - Weinwirtschaft 2005 - Top 100 (Germany) : 15 pt - ANIVIT - Concours National des Vins de Pays 2005 : Bronze Medal - Weinwelt (Germany) : 3 Stars - Decanter 2005 : Silver Medal - International Wine Challenge 2005 : Bronze Medal - International Wine and Spirit Competition : Bronze Medal - Expovina Award (Switzerland) : 89 pt - Gold Medal - Wine enthusiast Magazine : 86 pt
This wine can be laid down for 3 to 5 years. The recommended serving temperature is 18-20°C (decant the wine and leave it at room temperature for an hour or so before serving it). It goes well with sauced meats, Mediterranean style dishes cooked with herbs and olives, marinated game, and goat's or ewe's cheese.