2016

Les Archères, Carignan Vieilles Vignes

France, Pays de l'Hérault

A modern take on an old southern French varietal favourite.  Juicy “sweet” fruit, with bold black cherries wrapped in a soft tannic cloak.”

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£7.95

MWS: 93

Origin

"Carignan Vieilles Vignes" means the grapes are sourced from old vines of the Carignan variety. This particular grape is indigenous to the Mediterranean, where the warm climate allows it to ripen sufficiently. Interestingly, it began gaining prominence in Algeria, which supplied France as an overseas territory; having gained independence in 1962, the French supply was cut off spurring more growers to plant their own vines. Languedoc, and more specifically Pays de l'Hérault are prominent areas for the production of French Carignan.

Grape Variety

100% Carignan.

Grapes are sourced from 80 year old vines. A mix of whole berry and crushed grapes which elevate the fruitiness and accessibility of this wine. The wine receives no oak aging.

Alcohol Percentage

12.5%

Cellar Potential

Drink now and over the next 12 months.

Producer

Produced from les Archères, co-operative in the Hérault district of Languedoc-Roussillon in the south of France, from 80 year old Carignan vines.

Food Match

Although light in body, there is enough weight and fruit to match with simple casseroles and good old fashioned steak and kidney pie for example. A nice vegetarian option is butternut squash risotto.

In the press

Matthew Jukes in the Daily Mail - "The grapes that you harvest from old carignan vines are potent ingredients when it comes to making a rich, lusty red wine. This bottle might have a dull label, but it contains magical liquid. I adore the layers of berry fruit and pepper and you will find this the perfect companion for comfort food."

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