Keep Calm and Carignan
Carignan • Vin de France
This addition to the Chai au Quai range has Languedoc specialist Mark Hoddy’s expertise (and humour) stamped all over it.
He is an ardent fan of Carignan, an underdog grape once known mainly for cheap rosé. Treat it with respect, however – that is, harvest it at low yields from old vines – and you can produce the most amazing dense red. Mark went searching and discovered two parcels of Carignan from 80 and 100 year old vines in Fitou, with ridiculously low yields thanks to precipitous, deep shale slopes littered with those big galet stones you find in Châteauneuf.
The wine has also been matured for a year in French oak to add toasty spice and compexity.
Intense black cherry, plum and raspberry aromas and rich chocolaty blackberry notes with lots of spicy oak to taste.
Region: Vin de France
Style: Full-bodied and spiced fruit
Colour: Dense purple red