Domaine de Cébène Ex Arena 2016 IGP Pays d'Oc

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Domaine de Cébène Ex Arena 2016 IGP Pays d'Oc
Region Béziers, Pays d'Oc
Colour/Style Dry red - medium/full-bodied
Grapes Grenache and Mourvedre - aged in steel vats
Alcohol (a.b.v)
Food Roasted red meats, game, cheeses.
Next day 
Improves for 2 or 3 days
Drink 2018-2026
Grenache grown on Villafranchien soil (a mix of red clay and smooth pebbles), plus a little Mourvedre, grown on a 40-metre-deep bed of sea sediment and alluvial deposits in Corneilhan, just north of Béziers. Yields are very low, with just 20 hl/ha for the Grenache and a miniscule 10 hl/ha for the Mourvedre. Red currant and berry fruits, soft citrus and a hint of white tree fruits combine with all manner of seconday aromas - woodsmoke, leather, molasses, mint, garrigue herbs and burning incense, to name but a few. A more complex and alluring nose is hard to imagine! Medium bodied in texture, it is full of piquant red and black fruit flavours, with fine tannins, hints of herbs and exotic spices, saline minerality and ample juicy acidity. It really is beautifully rounded and elegant, with a long finish that keeps you coming back for more. A very fine wine, which easily bears comparison with Brigitte Chevalier's trio of Faugères cuvées.