Les Foulards Rouges "Glaneurs" comes from a single vineyard planted in 1970. It is 100% Grenache grown on the decomposed granite hillside, giving yields of 15 hl/ha. The name is a tribute to a French documentary made by Agnès Varda,"Les Glaneurs et la Glaneuse" ("The Gleanears and I" in the US.) Hand-harvested, the grapes are chilled on arrival, then vinified 50% de-stemmed, 50% in whole-cluster carbonic, both macerated for 3 weeks with wild yeasts. The free run and press juices are blended, then the wine is aged for 6 months in used barels before being bottled by hand without any fining, filtration or SO2. This is the most aromatic Grenache of the line up right now, with heady red and purple flower, pink peppercorn-strawberry jam, vine peach, darjeeling tea and much more. On the palate, consider it a Beaujolais of the south. You pick up some aromas from the carbonic maceration - strawberry, a little varnish - but then it is all about rhubarb marmalade, tangerine zest, dates, Mediterranean spices. It is tarter and a little dirtier on the finish, but over a week the palate cleaned and softened up. The tannins are ripe and gentle. Keep it 2-3 years or enjoy today slightly chilled in a medium-sized glass with a beet, arugula and hazelnut salad with raspberry vinegar dressing or a black lentils stew with Lebanese spices. 100% Grenache.
- Pascaline Lepeltier
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