Hot Offer: IGP Côtes Catalanes: Domaine Ferrer-Ribière Carignan 2017
Robust Roussillon red from ancient, organic vines.
Roussillon enjoys near-perfect viticultural conditions – the highest number of sunshine hours in France, low rainfall and the bracing Tramontane wind drying the fruit and cleaning the vines. The region is responsible for 90% of the country's Vin Doux Naturel (Rivesaltes, Maury & Banyuls), yet also produces good-value, age-worthy red wines, such as this Catalan Carignan that hails from a precious parcel of 140+ year old pre-phylloxera vines.
Low yields of hand-harvested, organically-grown grapes from these antique vines undergo a 3 week cuvaison with their stems intact. The wine is carefully racked and bottled during a waning moon when the Tramontane wind arrives in April. This warming, country red is well-suited to simple, rustic cuisine - some sizzling Toulouse sausages or cassoulet would fit the bill nicely.
This offer case contains twelve bottles of:
IGP Côtes Catalanes: Domaine Ferrer-Ribière 'Empreinte du Temps' Carignan 2017
£180 per case (of 12 bottles) delivered, saving £9.00 on list prices.