Agly Brothers is a traditional and generous red blend comprised of Carignan, Shiraz and
Grenache from 8 acres of old bush vines planted in hard schist soils in the
early 1900s. The grapes are hand-picked, with fermentation carried out in small, cement
tanks. Soft punch down is practiced for better fruit extraction, while seasoned French oak
adds subtle spice. In limited
quantities, a must have for wine enthusiasts.
Agly Brothers is nurtured biodynamically and made with simplicity from vines grown in the Southern French town of Latour de France, located in Corbières zone in the hills above the Roussillon plains. Literally translated as ‘The Tower of France', this small village borders the ancient kingdoms of Catalonia and France. Mature vineyards lay abandoned in this area of steep, arid slopes due to the high cost of farming, thus it is the quest of the Laughton and Chapoutier families to rediscover and fully express these exceptional, low-yielding sites. This wine is the beginning of that quest.
"A full-bodied, muscular red that's filled with plenty of kirschlike flavors and plenty of rich smoke and spice. The ripe finish features dark chocolate, fig and ink notes. A good choice for roasted meats. Drink now through 2013. 50 cases imported."
"The Agly Brothers 2006 Cotes du Roussillon smells brashly of ripe blackberries, toasted nuts, wood smoke, and leather. A soy-like saline savor reinforces the carnal and leathery side of the wine on palate, while deep black fruits tinged with pepper and herbs segue into quite evident, slightly grainy tannins. With the sort of energetic finish that characterizes so many of Chapoutier’s Roussillon wines, this promises to be worth following for at least 4-6 years, although it must be pointed out that the project’s originators have their sights set on twice that many."
The Wine Advocate