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Secret de Schistes

Wine: Secret de Schistes
Producer: Chateau de L’Ou
Country: France
Region: Roussillon (Cotes Catalanes)
Vintage: 2018
Style: Red
Blend: Syrah 100%
ABV: 16%
Size: 75cl
Vegan

£48.99

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The Wine:

A rich yet elegant Syrah with aromatic notes of chunky red and blue fruits, enhanced by graphite, crushed stone and garrigue, enveloped in beautifully integrated oak.

The Syrah vines are grown in the High Agly Valley, where the vineyard is situated at 325 metres. At this elevation the vines benefit from the coastal breezes sweeping up from the Mediterranean Sea, which help to temper the scorching summer heat. The mountainous foothills of the Pyrenees provide good diurnal temperature differences, with cooler evenings offering the vines gentle respite from the heat, resulting in balanced fruit with natural freshness. The soils are made up of a mosaic of schist soils, which date back to the Cretaceous period. The schistous marl produces shallow black soils, forcing vines to put down deep roots in search of water and nutrients. The vineyard is certified organic, no herbicides or chemicals are used. Yields are kept extremely low at 12 hl/ha, to ensure good concentration. Hand-harvested.

The grapes were destemmed and transferred into 100% new French 300 litre oak barrels. Maceration lasted for three to four weeks with manual pigeages; fermentation and malolactic conversion took place with carefully selected yeasts. The barrels were then emptied and the contents pressed, before the young wine was returned to the barrel to complete fermentation. The cooper closed the barrel at the estate and the wine matured for 12 months in the barrel.

Further Info:

Château de l’Ou is a dynamic, organic estate in Montescot, Roussillon owned by oenologists Séverine and Philippe Bourrier. Purchased in 1998, they immediately converted to organic farming, an avant-gardist approach in Roussillon at that time, and the estate is now certified by Ecocert. The estate, which originally comprised 30 hectares: 26 hectares of vineyard and four of olive trees, has been gradually expanded by adding plots from across the region, by 2018, it covered a further 45 hectares. L’Ou’ translates as ‘egg’ in Catalan, and refers to an ovoid-shape resurgence of water that was located at the site of the property, which Séverine and Philippe wanted to bring to life in their project. Together, they use their expertise to cultivate the Roussillon terroir with its heat and arid lands to hand-craft wines using a variety of fermentation vessels, from terracotta and sandstone amphora to barrels, producing stunning, supple cuvées which showcase this distinctive terroir.

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