2016 Chateau de Caladroy Cotes du Roussillon-Villages Les Schistes

Year: 2016
Appellation: Cotes du Roussillon
Country: France
Wine & Spirits: 90
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 13.5%
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A blend of Syrah, Carignan, Grenache Noir and Mourvèdre, a solid VALUE Henry says so!!

"Caladroy's vineyards sit at an elevation of 1,000 feet in the Fenouillèdes hills, west of Perpignan. The altitude helps preserve freshness in the grapes, clearly perceptible in this blend of syrah, grenache, carignan and mourvèdre, vinified almost entirely in tank. It's juicy andrestrained, with lively sour-cherry brightness, while lavender and licorice notes give it a Mediterranean feel." (W&S)

Winery Notes:
The soils on this rugged mountain ridge are a mix of sand and clay on top of black schist. Schist(es) terroir for French vineyards can be found in pockets of Languedoc (notable Faugères); parts of Anjou; and up in the northern Rhône in part of Côte-Rôtie and across the river in Seyssuel. And there’s a big swath of it over the border in Spain’s Priorat. Schist tends to emphasize fruit rather than tannin, and red wine from these terroirs typically show a fruit purity in a decidedly darker profile than limestone’s red notes (deep with a verticality too, rather than broadly horizontal on the palate, along with a lift of minerality). You’ll get this in Caladroy’s lithe yet intense black and blue fruit profile.

The grapes are hand-picked, and up to 10% of the wine for this cuvée may be aged in oak barrels for 10-12 months while the rest is raised in tank.