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Domaine Terre des Chardons "Marginal" 2014

Country: France
Region: Costieres de nimes
Type: Red
Producer: Terre des chardons
Grape: Grenache, Syrah
Bottle Size: 75cl
Vintage: 2014
Body: Full bodied
Alcohol: 13%

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Marginal is their 80% Syrah, 20% Grenache blend. Beautiful herby, spicy Syrah - cassis, dark chocolate dipped orange peel with concentrated black fruits, a whisp of herbs, tobacco, rocks and garrigue. The freshness is incredible, one wonders how it delivers such delicacy and precision with such a deep and intense core. No oak used here - in fact, the only barrels you'll see in the winery are there for ornamental reasons. Nothing mucked about with these wines - they're very low intervention with the smallest amounts of sulphur used in fermentation and before bottling. Picking, racking and bottling are all carried out in accordance with the phases of the moon. Perhaps that why you get such a wonderful expression of the fruit, and such lifted, floating aromas.

Tasting Notes

Picture this - a grotty disused sports hall-esque exhibition space 20 minutes out of Marseille, crammed full of organic winemakers, international buyers and a few weary, stained tooth members of team SWiG. Trust us, there's nothing glamorous about wine trade fairs. However, when you discover brilliant new wines, it makes it all worthwhile. May we introduce Terre des Chardons - the land of the thistles - authentic, organic wines from the Costieres de Nimes. After 30 years of producing vegetables, in 2000, owner Jerome decided to convert some of their apricot and fruit orchards to vineyards. From day one, they have been working in a biodynamic way, with Jerome stating, “it was the only way we wanted to go.” Despite being part of the Languedoc, these wines have somewhat of a Rhone character to them. These are the sort of wines you take a sniff of, and you are forced, like a magnet to take another - such perfume and poise. Eye opening wines! In fact, I think they might be the prettiest pair we have.

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