Special: Biodynamic, Indigenous Yeast
Region: France, Rhône Valley
Winery: Chateau la Canorgue
AOC: Côtes de Luberon
70% Syrah, 20% Grenache, and 10% old Carignan
No chemical fertilizers are used — only manure and natural preparations. No weed killers are used — just a weekly removal either mechanically or manually. The vines are plowed during the fall and spring in order to lighten the soil and only plant essences (mint, pine needles, nettle) take the place of chemical pesticides. Cold-regulated stainless steel tanks are used for fermentation (an 8-10 day process) after the grapes have been smoothly pressed pneumatically. Then, some of the wines are put into oak casks or barrels to age in the 17th century cellar. After aging 4 to 6 months, the wine is lightly filtered, then bottled on the estate. The low yield (30 hl/ha) and the small area of the vineyard ensures maximum aroma and top quality wine.
This wine is dark fruit with a savory, spicy flavor and soft tannins. The finish is firm but the amount of fruit makes the wine perfectly balanced. Matches well with red meat, lamb, and cheeses. Drink now or cellar for several years.
Wine & Spirits Review June 2014