R Blend, Languedoc, Faugères, 'Champs-Pentus,' Frédéric Brouca 2020

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40% Syrah, 30% Grenache and 30% Carignan.

"Unlike many winemakers, Frederic Brouca is largely self-taught and took no formal courses on viticulture or winemaking. His concept of growing grapes and winemaking focuses on reducing human intervention in the processes, and making it as natural as possible.

From 30 + year old vines planted on schist soil. Only mineral sulfur (from natural volcanic soils), copper (< 1KG / Ha. / Year) and compost are used in the vineyard. Ploughing and mulching with St. Chamond caterpillar to avoid soil compaction. Vineyards certified organic.

Early pick to retain natural acidity. Hand-picked grapes packed in small 12 kg. harvest crates. Grapes processed by gravity in the cellar. Varying degree of whole cluster vinified with native yeasts. Gentle pump overs allowed for phenolic extraction from the grape skins. 10 month élevage in stainless (90%) and neutral French oak barrels. Bottled unfined and unfiltered with minute sulfur added after FML and bottling. A light on its feet Mediterranean blend with a textured palate and vibrant fruits.

This single-vineyard blend of Grenache, Syrah & Carignan offers a perfect combination of balance and power. Rich dark fruit and savory roasted meat notes pop from the glass. The flavours are vibrant with a rich symphony of red, blue and black fruits along with a peppery spice note and a long, clean finish.

Pair with hearty winter stews, grilled lamb chops or enjoy on its own in front of a cozy fire after a long day."

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