Domaine Jean-Philippe Padié Vin de France Petit Taureau 2014, Roussillon, France
This has a lovely, fascinating, beguiling nose of floral violet, cassis, red cherry, black tea, thyme and iron aromas almost shockingly delicate for a wine from the Mediterranean. The palate lives up to expectation, with a gentle lightness of touch, roundness and juicy succulent fruit flavours. It caresses the palate while imagining the stones it's grown on.
From several small parcels of 30 to 45 year old vines. Carignan on limestone, Syrah on schist, Mourvèdre on schist, and Grenache on limestone. The vineyards are worked organically and biodynamically by hand, using a donkey. The climate is Mediterranean, dry and hot but it's cooled by breezes from the sea a few kilometres away and from the Tramontane northerly wind.
Made naturally and without any sulphur or other additives, by an old-fashioned semi carbonic maceration process. Unlike previous years, the Carignan was de-stemmed and with whole bunch Syrah put in a closed concrete tank for 10 days to start the fermentation, intra-cellular. The wine was run off, skins and bunches pressed very slowly, and the wine left to continue to ferment for 1 month in concrete tank, then left to mature for 9 months.