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2014

Le Cirque Rouge

Grenache, Carignan, Syrah

Tautavel, France

Alc. 14.5 %

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$23.99
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From the Cotes Catalanes region in Languedoc-Roussillon, Le Cirque is produced by Les Vignerorn de Tautavel Vingrau (VTV); a wine cooperative in Tautavel covering 2,400 acres. These 50+ year old vines produce small yields of less than 2 tonnes per acre, planted in clay/limestone and marne/schist soils, which are important to the profile of the wines that are created from these vineyards.

Grenache makes up over half the blend (60%) leaving room for the Carignan (20%) and Syrah (20%) to shine, resulting in this beautifully balanced wine. These varietals are typical of the hot, dry Languedoc-Roussillon region, whose climate forces the roots of the vines to grow deep in search of water and nutrients, resulting in concentrated flavour in the grapes.

Beginning with 72 hour cold soak the wine is then left to ferment for only 15 days. VTV uses only 'vin de goutte' or free run juice meaning that the grapes are crushed by their own weight rather than mechanically or manually pressed. Enjoy this exceptional blend today at room temperature (20°C).

Look

Morello, or sour cherry centre giving way to a brick finish around the edges.

Smell

Beginning with strong notes of smoked meat, BBQ, and bacon to make your mouth water. Transitioning into subtle notes of black pepper, black olive anise and licorice. After a few moments in the glass, baked fruit and violet come through.

Taste

Light to medium body that is juicy and vibrant. The nose and palate are closely matched, continuing the notes of meat and spice. Followed by hints of smoke, rosemary, licorice and anise. Grenache being the dominant grape in the blend, its red and black baked fruit notes persist through the long finish. Equal parts of Syrah and Carignan lend themselves perfectly to this bold blend.

Pairing

Perfectly suited to grilled meat and vegetable dishes. Try it with a beef stew or summertime backyard burgers!

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