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Les Vignes de l'Arque Rouge de Plaisir 2019 IGP Cévennes (50cl)

(Code: ARQUE/PLAIS/19)
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Les Vignes de l'Arque Rouge de Plaisir 2019 IGP Cévennes (50cl)
Vintage
2019
 
Region Pays de Cévennes, near to Uzès, in the Gard
Colour/Style Late harvested, semi-sweet red dessert wine - full bodied
Grapes 100% Grenache
Alcohol (a.b.v)
15.0%
Food Duck with black cherry sauce, Stilton or Roquefort cheese, foie gras, chocolate puddings with fruit sauces
Next day 
Opens out beautifully for several days after opening
Drink Lovely now, but will age/evolve for another 5-10 years

Made from 100% late harvested Grenache grapes, 40% of which are fermented and age in oak barrels. The grapes are super-ripe, with a potential alcohol level somewhat higher than 15%, but the fermentation stops before all of the sugar content turns to alcohol, resulting in a luscious, ripe, semi-sweet red wine of great depth and complexity. The nose displays all manner of red and black summer fruit aromas, with further notes of forest floor, orange peel, garrigue herbs and fine eau de vie. And because this is a naturally sweet (rather than fortified) wine, it is beautifully balanced and almost fresh, with those red summer fruits to the fore, again with myriad secondary fruit/herb/tertiary notes. Rich, ripe tannins combine with a layer of juicy, cherry kernel and soft citrus acidity, making for a wonderfully sweet-sour wine, which just keeps you coming back for another sip. The grower suggests this as an aperitif (and I can sort of see why, as it certainly gets the saliva flowing) though in my opinion it is better suited to a multitude of foods (see above) or as an after dinner wine. Either way, it is utterly wonderful and hedonistic stuff!