É & F Jourdan Cinsault Vieilles Vignes 2016 IGP Gard

(Code: ARG/CINS/16)
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É & F Jourdan Cinsault Vieilles Vignes 2016 IGP Gard
Region Sommières, in eastern Languedoc
Colour/Style Dry red, medium bodied, aged in vat
Grapes 100% Cinsault
Alcohol (a.b.v)
Food Grilled meats, roasted vegetables, cold cuts
Next day 
Still good
Drink Over the next 3 to 5 years
This is pure Cinsault from a vineyard planted in 1969 (so 45 years old). As can be expected with Cinsault, it is the lightest of this grower's red wines - both in colour and body - but nevertheless delicious. Bright, limpid cherry red in colour, it offers aromas of red cherry and summer berry fruits, laced with subtle spice, garrigue herb, sous bois and orange notes. Although initially spiky and high-toned, it becomes softer and more approachable with air, full of raspberry and redcurrant fruit flavours. The grippy, gently rustic tannins are countered by a lightly creamy texture, but with bags of acidity and a long-ish sweet-sour finish. As I have said on many occasions, Cinsault is traditionally one of the "black sheep" grapes of the Languedoc family, but this is another very more-ish wine, and a testament to what it is capable of, when made by a sympatheic hand. Another lovely Cinsault!