Domaine Boucabeille les Orris Blanc, 2017 Côtes du Roussillon

Domaine Boucabeille les Orris Blanc, 2017 Côtes du Roussillon

Domaine Boucabeille, a genuine, under the radar producer, has a mere 28 hectares of vines on the schist slopes of the Forca Real hill, near Perpignan. These hills had outstanding vines and were recognized for their quality and potential hundreds of years ago. However, they’ve been abandoned until Jean Boucabeille took on the task of…

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Saint-Cernin n°1 2019 – Limoux

Saint-Cernin n°1 2019 – Limoux

The nose is fruity, well-balanced, racy and offers a very fine incisive side. It reveals notes of juicy / fresh yellow apple, crunchy Williams pear and small notes of small yellow fruits associated with hints of zest and a very discreet hint of flowers. The palate is fruity, fresh, round, fat and offers an acidulous…

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Riberach, Hypothèse Rouge 2016 IGP Côtes Catalanes

Riberach, Hypothèse Rouge 2016 IGP Côtes Catalanes

Made exclusively of Carignan, this wine offers a deep and concentrated character. It’s intense, enchantingly fragrant and profound with precise and clean aromas of ripe red berries, cassis, scrubland and graphite. The palate offers a good vibrancy & tension while maintaining the same complexity and purity.

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Riberach, Hypothèse Blanc 2016 IGP Côtes Catalanes

Riberach, Hypothèse Blanc 2016 IGP Côtes Catalanes

Made exclusively from Carignan gris vines with an average of 50 years old, this wine shows a massive mineral component. Quite austere and surprising, the wine feels like pure rock juice. The acidity is highly framing the palate.

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Riberach, Synthèse Blanc 2016 IGP Côtes Catalanes

Riberach, Synthèse Blanc 2016 IGP Côtes Catalanes

The Riberach project started in 2006 with 20 acres of vineyard, with the aim of making wines that reflect terroir, soil and climate. A blend of Macabeu, Carignan, Grenache Blanc & Grenache Gris, this wine is dry and filled with fresh citrus fruit expression. Other aromas include white flowers, fennel, white pepper and a decent…

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Domaine Olivier Pithon, Mon P’tit pithon rouge 2016 IGP Côtes Catalanes

Domaine Olivier Pithon, Mon P’tit pithon rouge 2016 IGP Côtes Catalanes

Young vines of Grenache Noir bought in 2008. This wine is a crisp and bright, lighter styled blend of Mourvèdre, Grenache noir and Syrah. Fresh red berries & a slight touch of sweet spices are joined by a refreshing acidity. It’s easy-drinking in every way.

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Domaine Treolar, Tahi 2012 Côtes du Roussillon

Domaine Treolar, Tahi 2012 Côtes du Roussillon

Tahi is the Maori word for “1”. It is made from the parcels of Syrah, Grenache and Mourvedre on Le Roubau, a rare limestone hillside, and aged for 12 months in French oak barriques. Completely torrefied and empyreumatic, the richness and concentration of the wine are surprising. All kinds of berries and tree bark comes…

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Domaine Vacquer, L’expression 2016 IGP Côtes Catalanes

Domaine Vacquer, L’expression 2016 IGP Côtes Catalanes

Based on a not so popular varietal in the Roussillon, at least as a single varietal, this pure Carignan is original. Crisp & elegant with chiseled pure fruits and Scrubland aromas, the expression is as bright as it can get with very apparent effect & minerality from the clay soils.

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Domaine Vacquer, Exigence 2016 IGP Côtes Catalanes

Domaine Vacquer, Exigence 2016 IGP Côtes Catalanes

Frederique Vacquer is a small, almost confidential vineyard in the very interesting, upcoming Aspres region. They work different single varietal cuvée like this 100% Grenache Noir. A combination of old vines and terroir. Dominated by ripe and concentrated black fruits, there’s also a touch of wild herbs and licorice. The palate is spicier and finely…

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Château de l’Ou, Secret de Schistes 2016 IGP Côtes Catalanes

Château de l’Ou, Secret de Schistes 2016 IGP Côtes Catalanes

Secret de schistes is a Syrah from mosaic-like schists in the Agly Valley at 325 meters of altitude. It’s an intricate Syrah with its many facets, deep and unctuous texture and concentrated body. This structured wine has aromas as delicate as raspberries, but also mature herbs, licorice, chocolate, graphite &white pepper. This tannic wine expresses…

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