A vibrant and fresh Corbieres that is balanced by fruit concentration, intensity and ripe, firm tannnins. This feels like the best of all worlds: a modern outlook on a very traditional region that pleases modern palates, while retaining authenticity of place and varietal typicity. It's a really delicious wine and we're most impressed that it is so easy, tasty, approachable and satisfying.
Hand-picked grapes, with very traditional wine-making that sees the two varieties ferment separately in barriques, before further ageing in large barrels and then blending. Clayey limestone soils and a use of exclusively higher-altitude vines gives this excellent balance, again making Corbieres appear to be just that bit more interesting than it has often been in previous decades.
Though your eyes may roll at the concept for two friends who want to "break the rules of the vineyard" you have to remember context: many winemakers in Europe are completely confined by often arbitrary regulations of local, vested interests. Look again, then and judge on quality. In other words, we think it's all well and good to aspire to break the rules but only if you can show us that what you've done without them is worth the noise.
This is very much the case here. These are vibrant, engaging and generous wines that are made not to shock, but to enjoy. Stylistically very much from the South, they take best sites and appellations in Roussillon and Languedoc and seek to create an identity of their own around these villages whose own reputations are rapidly growing. The wines certainly benefit from the warmth, terroir and indigenous varieties (mostly...) that are so much part of the South of France experience, making these wines point us in a new direction: they bring you a little down the road and say "this is where we should be going", rather than forcing you to go there. All good for us.
The other side to their project is their principled stance around the ecological impact of the wine industry - they boarder a position that is perilously close to being tiresome in their determination to be part of saving the planet. Organic; Carbon-neutral; eco-friendly locally-sourced recycled lighter-weight glass bottles; bio-diversity in planting hundreds of trees and building bee hives... and a large part of our reaction has been that this is excellent, and we are really glad to support that sort of a business, SO LONG AS the wines are good! And, again, they really are.
This, then, is good; it's very, very good. Mad labels? We don't mind - if it catches the attention of new drinkers and pays homage to a local historic artist at the same time, it's no bad thing... just check that the wines are worth it... not to sound like a stuck record or anything, it's just that it really is important...!
Grape(s): Syrah, Grenache
Style: Vibrant, Medium Full, Fruity, Fresh, Balanced
Best food matches: Roasts, Poultry, Game, Cheeses