Les Vignobles Foncalieu
60% SYRAH, 30% CABERNET SAUVIGNON, 10% MALBEC
92 points Wine Advocate
In this sunny land in the south of France, they constantly cherish their land to stir and inspire us: artisanal work to enhance the fruit and create concentrated wines with remarkable balance and freshness. Les Illustres is the story of 8 winegrowers who have pooled their expertise in order to craft an outstanding wine. This is a unique cuvée that draws its energy through the ancient silos dug by the Romans out of the soft rock of molasses at the Oppidum d’Ensérune, the famous archaeological site listed as a ‘Monument National de France’ where the remains of an ancient village still stand. 19 500 bottles produced.
Dark red appearance with hints of purple. Complex bouquet of cardamom, alcohol-soaked fruit and tobacco leaf. Liquorice notes and a wonderful freshness on the palate. Intense finish supported by caramelised notes.
Excellent with rabbit and olives, red mullet pie or a veal and prune tagine. Serve at room temperature 17° C. Cellaring potential: 8 years.
Soil consisting of molasses and oyster limestone, in the Soubergues des Coteaux d’Ensérune terroir. Altitude: 50 metres. Hot and dry Mediterranean climate brining out the power and complexity of this exceptional wine.
Sustainable growing methods and plot-by-plot selection limiting yield to 25 hl/ha. Cordon de Royat pruning for good bunch distribution. Debudding to limit yield. Leaf thinning to improve grape exposure to the sun. Bunch thinning to enable selection of the highest quality grapes.
The grapes are vatted at the coolest time of the day and then cooled to 4°C for cold maceration. The body and aromas are extracted in the aqueous phase, without crushing the grapes. Seeded with selected yeast and fermented at 24°C with pneumatic (pulsair) Burgundy-style crushing to finalise the extraction of tannins. Pressing, malolactic fermentation. Matured on fine lees for 3 months.