Domaine La Marfée Les Vignes Qu'On Abat 2013 IGP l'Hérault

(Code: MARF/ABAT/13)
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Domaine La Marfée Les Vignes Qu'On Abat 2013 IGP l'Hérault
Region Saint Georges d'Orques, west of Montpellier
Colour/Style Dry red - full bodied, aged for 2 years in oak barrels
Grapes 100% Carignan
Alcohol (a.b.v)
Food Beef, lamb, duck, perhaps even a spicy tagine
Next day 
Still going strong
Drink Now, or to 2028 and beyond
A deep-ish but clear, bright, cherry-blood red, with classic Carignan (and especially Marfée terroir) aromas of blackcurrant leaf, bramble, orange and red cherry, along with hints of polished leather, curry spices and forest floor. As the colour suggests, this is made by the delicate hand of a brilliant winemaker - medium-bodied at most, gently-extracted and full of finesse, allowing all of those wonderfully subtle fruit and herb/spice aromas and flavours to express themselves, with little savoury/meaty notes - on the nose more than the palate - adding yet more complexity. Gently grippy, lapsang tea-like tannins and simply wonderful, mouth-watering acidity complete the package, with a long, lingering, tangy-fruity-herby finish. This is a Languedoc Carignan of the very highest order - and one that lovers of fine Burgundy (as opposed to Bordeaux) would do well to taste. It really is elegance personified, and an utterly lovely wine. Biodynamic.