IGP Cotes Catalanes
The Sire family have been grape growers in Roussillon since 1906, as long standing members of the local cooperative. But it wasn’t until 1989 that they decided to vinify and bottle their prized fruit under the name,Domaine des Schistes. As the name suggests, their 50 hectares of vines are planted in predominantly schistous soils around the villages of Estagel and Tautavel. This unique soil-type is found in pockets throughout the region and provides the ideally poor, rocky foundation for quality viticulture in this corner of France.
Composed of 40% Cinsault, 32% Marselan and 28% Carignan, this is aged in concrete vats that help preserve the brilliant purity of fruit. A flashy, red fruit-driven nose, redolent with ripe berries and some interesting garrigue notes. The mid-weight palate is framed by mouthwatering acidity. The tannins are quite supple and mild. There is a touch of herbaceousness on the palate but it is integrated nicely with the riper fruit to add character. Flavours of red fruit, kirsch and blackberry with a long slightly spicy finish.
Chill lightly and pair with pork tenderloin, cassoulet, BBQ, charcuterie, or a nice rotisserie chicken dinner.