2016 Cuvée Alphonse Red
Syrah (70 %) and Black Grenache (30 %)
Clay, limestone and marl soils facing south, located at the bottom of Luberon mountain.
Currently converted into organic farming. Manual harvests, early in the morning, after maturity control and berries tasting. Grapes from a selection of parcels. Rigorous green pruning from bud break to harvest (disbudding, thinning, leaf removal).
Yield of 30hl / ha, below the maximum yield allowed by the appellation (55hl / ha).
Transport of harvest via vibrating trucks after a first sorting on the parcel. 2nd manual sorting on vibrating sorting table at the entrance of the winery. Destemming and then crushing before gravity incubation. Short cold pre-fermentation. Mono varietal fermentation under controlled temperature in concrete tanks and oak barrels. Post-fermentation maceration during several weeks before juices are poured and marcs pressed. Malolactic fermentation before winter in concrete tanks and / or oak barrels.
Concrete tanks and oak barrels (225L) for more than 12 months.
An unbelievable and intense deep nose of bluecurrant and black cherries binging us visiting a forest. A black forest. It is not a simple cherry. Jammy, « kirschée », it implies an important potential of aging and a promising evolution.
The mouth is elegant. Notes of spices and cocoa bring contrast to the fruit and the insurance of a long and prospering life for this Alphonse.
To this wine of character, it is appropriate to associate relatively typical dishes and dare to take risk: boar auburn with chocolate and red berries, lamb roasted with thyme, roast duck with ceps... Do not be mistaken, if this red guard knows perfectly how to marry with powerful meats, it also knows how to accompany harmoniously delicate desserts: black forest or fondant chocolate red fruit.