DON QUIXOTE 2011

CHATEAU LE ROC, CÔTES DE FRONTONNAIS, FRANCE

60% NEGRETTE
40% SYRAH

This cuvée is from a selection of plots planted on stoney alluvial soil termed 'boulbenes' in the region. It is low clay with white sandy loam and naturally acidity which all goes into the big flavour profile of the wine, as well as the importance of terracing the vines to allow free drainage. The grapes are not crushed, but placed in tanks and gravity slowly presses the juice. A different working approach called 'punching' promotes flavour but softer tannins. The immediate aroma is violet and liquorice and once in the mouth there is a burst of rich fruity flavours with a white pepper hit. Fine and silky, with a wonderful length.