Clos des Centenaires "Luxe, Calme, et Volupté" 2016
Cabernet Blend｜Pays D'Oc, France
A deep, chewy, and ripe Bordeaux blend from the southern French Riviera!
Straddled between the imposing forests of the UNESCO Parc National de Camargue and the scenic city of Montpellier, Clos des Centenaires is an estate run by the Rhône-red power-couple Stéphanie and Luc Baudet. As the name implies, the tiny seven-hectare vineyard is surrounded by centenarian olive trees and wild scrub, planted in deep stony pebbles polished by millions of years of alluvial and glacial activity.
Their "Luxe, Calme, et Volupté" is a blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon followed by Petit Verdot and Merlot – a classic Bordeaux mélange translated through the Mediterranean sunshine and pebbly soils so prevalent here. These gnarly old vines are farmed organically with biodynamic influences and are dry farmed.
And what character shines through: deep, dark plum and mocha notes dominate, with a chewy palate dense with black licorice, sweet spices, chocolate, and wild herbs. The heady richness is all the more surprising considering it has zero new oak – the juice is fermented in concrete tanks and aged for 12 months in large, old wood barrels sourced from the nearby forests.
Bordeaux meets the Rhône with glorious results.
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