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Domaine des Tourelles Red 2016

$18.25

40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Syrah, 15% Cinsault, 5% Carignan, planted at 1,050 m on sandy limestone over clay. Dry farmed. Fermented in concrete vats with indigenous yeasts. Blended and aged in concrete. Deep crimson. Dark, ripe fruit plus a subtle stony/dusty mineral quality that I often associate with concrete tanks. First impression is wonderful freshness, backed up by ripe dark but not overly sweet fruit. Gentle fragrance and finely spiced fruit, the spice is all fruit derived since the wine is unoaked. The tannins are just right: present, shaping the fruit, but finely textured and very much part of the whole. Remarkably fresh for a wine of 14% and so harmonious, natural (in the sense of unforced). Vibrant and complete in its relative simplicity. Distinguished. When to drink: 2019-2021. Score – 16 (out of 20). (Jancis Robinson, MW, jancisrobinson.com, Sept. 7, 2019)

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40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Syrah, 15% Cinsault, 5% Carignan, planted at 1,050 m on sandy limestone over clay. Dry farmed. Fermented in concrete vats with indigenous yeasts. Blended and aged in concrete. Deep crimson. Dark, ripe fruit plus a subtle stony/dusty mineral quality that I often associate with concrete tanks. First impression is wonderful freshness, backed up by ripe dark but not overly sweet fruit. Gentle fragrance and finely spiced fruit, the spice is all fruit derived since the wine is unoaked. The tannins are just right: present, shaping the fruit, but finely textured and very much part of the whole. Remarkably fresh for a wine of 14% and so harmonious, natural (in the sense of unforced). Vibrant and complete in its relative simplicity. Distinguished. When to drink: 2019-2021. Score – 16 (out of 20). (Jancis Robinson, MW, jancisrobinson.com, Sept. 7, 2019)

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