Sommelier Notes: When we say stunning we mean stunning. As in Katie Jones making a wine from the very rare gray carignan grape. Our friend Katie is one of the stars in the Languedoc winemaking renaissance. Everything she touches has a distinctive personality, where you can always taste the wild herbs of her vineyards deep in the heart of the region where the Languedoc and Roussillon meet. This is primarily because she buys very small old vineyards, many of very interesting, rare grape varieties such as this Carignan gris. She vinifies each parcel of hand harvested grapes separately so she knows exactly what she has. She makes many wines, but they are all of very small quantities coming from a total estate of just 30 acres of vines. This wine comes from her exceptionally rare, small Carignan gris vineyard which lies just outside the village of Tuchan where her winemaking cave is located in an old steam locomotive shed.
Katie has this to say about this rare grape: “Carignan Gris is a pain in the ‘derrier’ for a wine maker as it is a very late ripener. And I mean very late – it actually ripens after all the reds and still comes in at a lower alcohol. I would imagine that this is the reason why most of it has been ripped up. In our first vintage with this grape we thought that it was never going to ripen. We finally picked it mid-October.” There are only 12 acres of this grape grown in all of France! She made only 800 bottles of this wine and we are thrilled to be able to offer this to wine lovers in the US! The grape gives strong aromas of fresh pear. The wine is lively on the palate with really nice hints of the herbal garrigue and something subtle in the background like smoked almonds. A rare and delicious beauty!