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Pic Saint Loup, "Le Pic" 2014, "Les Cuvée Rares", Calmel & Joseph, 14% vol, 75cl

Pic Saint Loup, “Le Pic” 2014, “Les Cuvée Rares”, Calmel & Joseph, 14% vol, 75cl

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SKU : FR10

£20.04

Founded in 1995, Calmel & Joseph is a négociant house specializing in Languedoc-Roussillon wines from private wineries from across the region. Over the years, they have built close personal relationships with a large number of growers from all appellations. Convinced of the extraordinary potential of this region, oenologist, Laurent Calmel, and Jerome Joseph work together on the vinification, blending and ageing of wines with the common purpose of demonstrating the little known, yet unique quality of these Mediterranean terroirs.

 

30% Syrah, 30% Grenache, 20% Mourvèdre ,10% Cinsault, 10% Carignan from 40 year-old, low yielding vines farmed according to biodynamic principles.

The grapes are harvested by hand at optimum ripeness, then transported to the winery. After destemming, 30% of the fruit is crushed, with the remainder used for semi carbonic maceration; grapes are vinified separately by variety and parcel. Fermentation takes place with natural yeasts, with pumping over at the onset of alcoholic fermentation, followed by punching down through to the end of the time in tank (22 days in concrete tanks, at 25°C). Malolactic fermentation took place while the wine was maturing in barrel.

 

Ageing was for 20 months in 2000-litre wooden casks, with some wine put into smaller barrels for a year. The wine was bottled without filtration.

 

A highly expressive wine. Notes of spice, eucalpytus, mint and liquorice on the nose, followed by more complex, secondary aromas including juniper. Excellent freshness and balance, with fine tannins, small berry fruit and spice.