`L`Aberadou` Pur Cinsault de Schistes IGP Pays d'Hérault, Boulevard Napoléon, Languedoc, France, 2018

£22.50

Named after the street the winery is located on in the village of La Livinière, Minervois, Boulevard Napoléon is the partnership between restaurant owner Trevor Gulliver and winemaker Benjamin Darnault. Seeing the potential in the vineyards located by his holiday home, Trevor started making the wines and then showed them to his other partner, chef Fergus Henderson, who was more than impressed, as were we! Each wine is a classic expression of the varietal grown on the dry, stony slopes of the south of France - yet they retain a vibrancy and definition that marks them out from the crowd.The grapes were all handpicked into small cases, before being sorted and destemmed. Fermentation occurred in 4000 litre stainless steel tanks. Gentle extraction followed before the wine underwent four weeks of maceration on its skins. The free run juice was then separated from the pressings and the wine was matured in a neutral tank for one year before bottling.Fruit is sourced from a vineyard situated in the high hills of La Livinière, in the Minervois region, from bush vines with an average of 50 years, which grow on schistous soils in vineyards situated 300 metres above sea level. The wines show brightness, ripeness, definition and character - elements which can be largely attributed to these older vines.

Food pairing ideas : Cinsault as a wine and food pairing is often used with sea snails in garlic, better known as Escargot. It also works quite well in pairings with rich foods like stews, braised and roasted meat dishes, all types of beef, lamb, goat, beef, duck, chicken and pork. Cinsault 100%.

Dark purple red in colour, this Cinsault is perfumed with a fruit-forward nose. Hints of purple flowers on the palate, with grippy tannins and delicate top notes that give finesse on the finish.

Feature(s): Vegan, Vegetarian
Winemaker: Benjamin Darnault
Alcohol (ABV): 14.5 %

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