Les Foulards Rouges, Les Vilains Rouge 2021
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Les Foulards Rouges "Les Vilains" comes from one single plot of 80 year-old Carignan on the sandy granitic hillside of Montesquieu-des-Abères. Hand-harvested, chilled, the whole-cluster grapes undergo a carbonic maceration at low temperature (15C) for 2 weeks or so. The free run and press juice are blended then aged in used barrels until beginning of Spring. The wine is bottled by hand, unfined and unfiltered with no added SO2. (13% alcohol) "Les Vilains" has the most opulent nose of the line-up, full of red and black currant, sloe berries, roasted dark spices, nutmeg and pepper finishing with leather and smoked meat. The palate has the typical acid tension of the Carignan, with its blue fruit vibrancy, as well as its typical reduction and its angular tannins - clove, musk and roasted Provençal herbs. It is a quite a fresh and crunchy red for the Roussillon. A good decant will be a plus if you drink today - it can also be kept 2-3 years. This wine would be delicious with a Ruben sandwich, or any type of hearty charcuterie.