Abélard, Vin de Pays du Vaucluse – 2007 – 5 GREAT GRENACHE WINES – Snooth.com
“…When Xavier Rolet (CEO of the London Stock Exchange) and his wife Nicole purchased Domaine de la Verrière (an isolated, 333-acre estate in the Dentelles de Montmirail area of Provence) in 1994, they took over a long-abandoned property with the intention of creating what they call ‘couture’ wines. Everything at their exceptional estate supports this objective. Their methods are meticulous; farming 75 acres of vines according to biodynamic principles is labor-intensive, time-consuming and costly, hence the high price point. The Chêne Bleu creators have a soft spot for Grenache (they hosted the world’s first International Grenache Symposium), and Abelard strives to showcase the strawberry and black fruit aromas often associated with this grape. A 90% Grenache/10% Syrah blend, it’s made from vines grown on clay-limestone at almost 1600 feet in one of the highest vineyards in the south of France. This deep ruby-hued wine has aromas of ripe blackberry, warm baking spice (vanilla, nutmeg, clove) and a hint of white pepper. In the mouth, layers of blackberry and cherry jam are married with elegant tannins to create a wine with good structure and length. Powerful yet not overpowering, Abelard displays a pleasing virility; decanting will only enhance the experience.”
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