It is so good to see vines of this age being productive and providing grapes for interesting wines such as this. Unfortunately, the undeniable increase in carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is leading to new vines growing more quickly and therefore lacking the cellular structure required for them to last many years. Some recently planted vineyards have been failing after 15 years!
This wine is made from grenache from 80 year old vines planted in Rivesaltes. In 2022 Laurent made three passses through the vineyard on three different days, trying to pick the grapes at optimum ripeness. Each day's pick was macerated in a different tank (for 4 days, 5 days or 6 days). They were pressed together. This mix of days of maceration perhaps explains why the 2022 vintage is lighter than the previous year so much so it could almost pass as a rosé.
The wine has just arrived in Australia and a few hours later we held a tasting and the wine was perfect. It is light, ethereal and absolutely clean and delicious!
This wine has no additions, 12% alcohol, including no added sulphites, and no filtration or fining. - Living Wines