Domaine de Cébène Belle Lurette 2020 Faugères

(Code: CEB/BELLE/20)
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Domaine de Cébène Belle Lurette 2020 Faugères
Region Faugères
Colour/Style Dry red - medium/full bodied, aged in steel vats
Grapes 70% Carignan, plus Grenache and Mourvedre 
Alcohol (a.b.v)
Food Char-grilled red meats, duck, grilled vegetables
Next day 
Even better 
Drink  Now to 2030 and beyond
This is made predominantly from ancient, gnarly, north-facing Carignan vines grown on schist soils surrounding the Cébène winery, situated on a hill over 300 metres above sea level. Whole bunch fermentation and a complete lack of oak influence is the order of the day here. At the time of tasting (October 2021) it is a little closed to begin with, but on day 2 it opens-up beautifully, displaying aromas of soused bramble and cassis fruit, blackcurrant leaf, mint, cherry brandy and a hint of clotted cream. The palate offers all of the above and more, with masses of crunchy, sweet-sour black fruit and spice flavours, a touch of saline minerality, grippy but ripe lapsang tea-like tannins and plenty of cherry kernel acidity. The finish is long and quite firm, but still deliciously sweet and sour - a wine that keeps you coming back for more. Although it is eminently drinkable now (with plenty of air) it will continue to develop and improve for a good few years yet.