2019 Clos du Rouge Gorge Rouge Vieilles Vignes

Roussillon, France

A Carignan dominant blend from the Languedoc, that demands patience to be fully rewarded.



About This Wine

From a single plot of vines verging on 100 years of age, this is a Carignan dominant blend with smaller portions of Grenache, Macabeu, and Mourvedre.

The wine showed gorgeous, bright black fruits with floral notes and has fabulous elegance and length. A superb wine, yet more so, it is a wine that will benefit from medium-term ageing.

Ripe black berries and cherries, yet don’t sleep on the purple flowers, and earthy stony minerality. Densely flavoured, yet wrapped in a medium-bodied frame, this wine is intriguing and full of interest.

About Clos du Rouge Gorge

Cyril Fhal ,the man behind Clos du Rouge Gorge, is a bit of a legend in Latour de France, a village nestled in Roussillon region not far from the Pyrenees and Spain.

Kicking off his first vintage in 2002, he has proven that this region can produce bright, lithe and fresh expression of wines, also eschewing the AOC rules of Roussillon to focus on Grenache and Carignan.

It all starts in the vineyard for him, farming his century old plots biodynamically.

In the winery, he uses natural ferments, generally avoids oak influence, and uses minimal sulphur in his winemaking.

Winemaker Cyril Fhal
Winemaker Cyril Fhal
Latour de France, France
Additional Info

From The Importer

Very low yields from 70 to 100 year old vines (nearly all Carignan with some Grenache), meticulous grape selection in the vineyard, gentle extraction (more like infusion), sensitive handling of oak (10 months in 500ltr and older barriques), and minimal sulphur, combine to produce this extraordinary wine.

Blend : Carignan (80%), Grenache (10%), Mourvedre, Macabeu
ABV : 13.5%
Closure : Cork
Drink Until : 2029
Bottle Size : 750ml

Spectacular old-vine Grenache
Spectacular old-vine Grenache
Languedoc, France

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