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  • 29. Muscat de Rivesaltes AC 2012

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    Domaine des Chênes

    70% Muscat à Petits Grains, 30% Muscat d’Alexandrie (15.5% alc, 121g/l of rs)

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    Made by Alain Razungles, professor of oenology at Montpellier University, this is unquestionably one of France’s finest muscats. It comes from the village of Vingrau, a superb terroir, has a sumptuous concentration, a floral bouquet (jasmine) and a clean, controlled palate smacking of lexia raisins.

  • 30. Vin de Pays des Côtes Catalanes Blanc 2014

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    Clos du Rouge Gorge, Cyril Fhal

    100% Macabbeu (13% alc.)

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    70 year old macabéo planted on hillsides of gneiss and orthogneiss (north and east-facing which helps to preserve freshness).  The wine is aged with no batonnage in a new 500 ltr barrel made by famous Austrian tonnelier Stockinger and several four year old barriques.  Delicacy and terrific freshness characterise this wine, citrus fruits with notes of liquorice, white pepper, lemon thyme, anise, lavender, mint, a mineral cut and a salty, slightly smoky character on the long finish.  Unfined and unfiltered. An excellent alternative to white burgundy. For drinking now to 2022.

  • 31. Vin de Pays des Côtes Catalanes Rouge 2014, Jeunes Vignes

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    Clos du Rouge Gorge, Cyril Fhal

    100% Grenache (13% alc.)

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    Cyril’s‘young’ vines are 25 years old, planted in thin soils developed over upturned schist in a lieu-dit called Mont-Redon after the famous CNDP estate.  Vinified in 500ltr wooden cuve for three months, and then aged in stainless steel for eight months, to capture the fruit and freshness, Cyril’s approach is one of extreme delicacy, producing a floral, finely tuned grenache with a notable schisty, mineral print and very fine grained tannins, miles away from the rustic brutes that grenache can often produce.  For drinking now to 2018.

  • 32. Vin de Pays des Côtes Catalanes Rouge 2010

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    Clos du Rouge Gorge, Cyril Fhal

    95% Carignan, 5% Grenache (13% alc.)

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    Very low yields from 70 to 100 year old vines, meticulous grape selection in the vineyard, gentle extraction (more like infusion), sensitive handling of oak (10 months in recent 500ltr and older barriques), and minimal sulphur, combine to produce this extraordinary wine. Exuding spicy black fruits with liquorice and a notable mineral freshness, it has an exceptional texture and suppleness with great balance and length. Unfined and unfiltered. For drinking now to 2020.