A blend of Grenache, Mouvedre, Syrah, Cinsault, Carignan
Kim chose the 2009 vintage of this wine back in 2012. We both loved the wine then and the 2010 vintage is step up in quality.
The story of Domaine les Hautes Cances is of a small family-run estate located in the village of Cairanne in the northern sector of the Cotes du Rhone, near the village of Gigondas. The vineyards are managed using organic principles and yields are deliberately kept low so as to express the true terroir of the region. Another reason for the great quality of wines is the age of their vines. These low yielding vines have an average age of 48 years, with several plots reaching the grand old age of 100. They can thank their grandfather for this critical vineyard resource.
The wine is a blend of 42% Grenache (from vines more than 100 years old), Syrah, Mourvedre, Carignan and Cinsault. The fruit is hand harvested, hand selected and completely destemmed. This is the first wine to be produced in the brand new gravity fed winery built by the Astarts. Gone are the big old foudres of yester‐year – the wines are now brighter and finer as a result. All wines are bottled on the Estate and are unfiltered.
Bright purple in colour. Prominent aromas of blackberry, liquorice, smoked meat and violet. Tangy acidity gives the wine shape, highlighted by juicy black and blue fruit flavours. Finishes broad and spicy, with firm tannins, and a meaty quality and good length.
Very, very good!