The "Cuvee Tradition," also known on occasion as the "Secret de Gabriel" (in honor of Paul Jeune's father) is produced solely from old vines of minimum age of 60 years and is sourced from at least 85% Grenache (the percentage frequently exceeds 90%). The "Cuvee Tradition" undergoes a long fermentation that can extend to 40 days. This cuvee is aged in a mixture of small and large oak barrels and is bottled, without filtration, approximately two years after harvest. The "Cuvee Tradition" ("Secret de Gabriel") is produced in limited quantity and only in vintages considered to be outstanding.
"Deep ruby. Powerfully scented aromas of kirsch, black raspberry, licorice and herbs, with a suave mineral undertone. Fresh, sharply defined red and dark berry flavors stain the palate, displaying a sappy, gently chewy character. The finish repeats the floral note and leaves sweet red berry notes behind. This is all about fruit today and should gain in complexity with time in bottle. "
International Wine Cellar