IGP Côtes Catalanes: Domaine Ferrer-Ribière 'Empreinte du Temps' Carignan 2017
This vibrant, fresh Catalan Carignan hails from a precious parcel of 140+ year old pre-phylloxera vines. Here at Yapp HQ it's a firm favourite that delivers consistently in every vintage. Like the white Vin de Pays des Côtes Catalanes Grenache Blanc from Domaine Ferrer-Ribière, this wine too is well-suited to simple, rustic cuisine - some sizzling Toulouse sausages or cassoulet would fit the bill nicely.
An excellent Vin de Pays Catalan Carignan, with a beguiling bouquet of wild berries and herbs and a medley of sun-kissed Mediterranean flavours, supported by a couch of supple tannins.
|Style||Red Wine, Sec, Medium-bodied, Non Sparkling|
|Wine Region||Roussillon, Vin de Pays Catalan|
|Grape Variety (Cépage)||Carignan|
|Food & Wine Matching||Pork|
|Cellarage||Drinking well now but will age well in the medium term, 2-4 years from vintage.|
|Vinification||Low yields of hand harvested, organically grown grapes from antique vines undergo a 3 week cuvaison with their stems intact. The wine is cleared by careful decanting and is bottled during a waning moon when the Tramontane wind arrives in April.|
|Alcohol By Volume (%)||14.5|
Domaine Ferrer-Ribière (Denis Ferrer & Bruno Ribière)
In 1993 Denis (an experienced fruit grower) and Bruno (a wine loving civil servant) joined forces to establish Domaine Ferrer Ribière - they have since gained an international reputation for their highly individual handcrafted wines. Denis and Bruno typify a new wave of young Southern French winemakers with low capital investment but exacting production values dedicated to making characterful wines with a true expression of terroir from local grape varieties.
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