Domaine de Cébène Ex Arena 2020 IGP Pays d'Oc

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Domaine de Cébène Ex Arena 2020 IGP Pays d'Oc
Region Béziers, Pays d'Oc
Colour/Style Dry red - medium/full-bodied
Grapes 90% Grenache, 10% Mourvedre - aged in steel vats
Alcohol (a.b.v)
Food Roasted red meats, game, cheeses.
Next day 
Improves for 2 or 3 days
Drink Now to 2030
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. In many ways, this is the most elegant of Brigitte Chevalier's wines - what it lacks in Faugères typicity/terroir, it certainly makes up for it in it's delightfully soft, sweet-sour, slightly saline fruit aromas and flavours. It offers myriad redcurrant, raspberry and floral aromas, with further notes of new leather, smoke, dried orange peel, garrigue herbs and smoking incense. It has depth, complexity and genuine elegance, with hints of soused bramble, roasted red meat, damp undergrowth, curry spices (notably cumin and fenugreek) and a welcome lick of volatile acidity. The palate is medium-to-full bodied, with all manner of piquant red, black and soft citrus fruit flavours, subtle herb and exotic spice nuances, fine tannins and utterly mouth-watering and refreshing cherry skin acidity. And whilst very young, it is drinking beautifully already. That said - and as with all of Brigitte Chevalier's wines - it will undoubtedly age and evolve for a good few years yet. Brigitte is fast emerging as one of Languedoc's greatest winemakers, and this is yet another fantastic wine to add to her growing list of successes.