Domaine Anne Gros et Jean-Paul Tollot La 50/50 2012
Her cooler, north-facing vineyard (with a blend of younger and older vines) delivers a southern wine of incredible finesse and spirit. Suggestions of summer garrigue, black pepper, juicy cherries and plums are rich and endlessly pleasing on the nose and palate. We're reminded of an earthy, spicy Savigny Pinot Noir in its aromas, and a richly constructed, bold Rhône blend on the palate—and you can taste the sultry Minervois sun in every sip.
Blend: Carignan, Cinsault and Grenache
We chose Cazelles for the diversity of its soil, made of limestone, clay and sandstone, for the discovery of 4 main cepages (Carignan, Grenache, Syrah and Cinsault), for the quality and the wide age range of its vines, the privileged environment at the foot of the Black Mountain, its altitude of 220 metres (identical to Vosne- Romanée).
A building was created to grow, receive, make and care for these fine terroir wines. It has been designed with great attention to detail, respecting the energies, the wines and the people... A beautiful architectural structure made of simple but noble materials...terracotta, wood, stainless steel... Roundness is eveywhere... the road, the hills, the tanks, the barrels... the wines.
With hundreds of red grape varieties to choose from, winemakers have the freedom to create a virtually endless assortment of blended wines. In many European regions, strict laws are in place determining the set of varieties that may be used, but in the New World, experimentation is permitted and encouraged. Blending can be utilized to enhance balance or create complexity, lending different layers of flavors and aromas. For example, a variety that creates a fruity and full-bodied wine would do well combined with one that is naturally high in acidity and tannins. Sometimes small amounts of a particular variety are added to boost color or aromatics. Blending can take place before or after fermentation, with the latter, more popular option giving more control to the winemaker over the final qualities of the wine.