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Mas Cristine Rouge Cotes du Roussillon 2016

 
Country: France
Region: Roussillon
Type: Red
Producer: Mas cristine
Grape: Carignan, Grenache, Syrah
Bottle Size: 75cl
Vintage: 2016

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Our flagship red is a blend of Syrah, Grenache, and Carignan. The Syrah and Grenache come from near the sea, while the Carignan ripens later, a bit further to the north. When first bottled, the Grenache dominates the nose with purity of fruit that can astonish. With a year and a bit in bottle, the varieties have integrated. The Syrah gives blueberry, and a hint of black olive. The Grenache offers black cherry and flower petal. The Carignan, only about 15% of the blend, gives earthy, rain-on-hot-asphalt notes (petrichor) and brings a bright, crunchy, sinewy acidity on the palate. This is drinking so well right now, and is truly a wine for all seasons. Chill it now, and enjoy that juicy crunch along with the dusty tannins. It’ll open with decanting. Save a case for colder times. That richness and ripeness of the south of France will prove perfect with game dishes, the grandest of roasts or even a warming stew. It’s incredibly well integrated at the moment, though the tannins will soften if you fancy sticking it away for longer. At the moment, though, you get both berry and stone fruit, plus some savoury, leather-tar-bacon notes. There’s even a bit of squid ink in there. The terroir is so close to Collioure, and still heavily influenced by the schist soils, that you get a tight structure and mineral backbone you don’t often find from wines in the south.

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