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2012 Collioure Rouge “Puig Ambeille”

Domaine La Tour Vieille

2012 Collioure <i>Rouge</i> “Puig Ambeille” Domaine La Tour Vieille  - Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant
At La Tour Vieille, where the mighty Pyrenees plunge into the Mediterranean, Vincent Cantié and Christine Campadieu proudly uphold a fascinating collection of nearly extinct local traditions. This is French Catalonia, and centuries of viticulture dating back to the Phoenicians have resulted in an array of unique wines: dry and sweet whites and reds, oxidative rancio wines, solera-aged marvels recalling a bygone era... Puig Ambeille is a dry red from primarily Mourvèdre and Grenache. Imagine Bandol if it were grown in Collioure’s dark, flaky schist soils—at a price that would make any Bandol blush. Don’t miss this herb-tinged, sun-and-sea-inflected rarity from these skilled Catalan artisans. –Anthony Lynch
Vintage: 2012
Bottle Size: 750mL
Blend: 80% Mourvèdre, 10% Grenache, 10% Carignan
Appellation: Collioure
Country: France
Region: Languedoc-Roussillon
Producer: Domaine La Tour Vieille
Winemaker: Vincent Cantié, Christine Campadieu
Vineyard: 25 to 45 years
Soil: Schist
Aging: Wine is bottled 10 to 18 months after fermentation
Farming: Lutte Raisonnée
Alcohol: 14%

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About Languedoc-Roussillon

Ask wine drinkers around the world, and the word “Languedoc” is sure to elicit mixed reactions. On the one hand, the region is still strongly tied to its past as a producer of cheap, insipid bulk wine in the eyes of many consumers. On the other hand, it is the source of countless great values providing affordable everyday pleasure, with an increasing number of higher-end wines capable of rivaling the best from other parts of France.

While there’s no denying the Languedoc’s checkered history, the last two decades have seen a noticeable shift to fine wine, with an emphasis on terroir. Ambitious growers have sought out vineyard sites with poor, well draining soils in hilly zones, curbed back on irrigation and the use of synthetic fertilizers and pesticides, and looked to balance traditional production methods with technological advancements to craft wines with elegance, balance, and a clear sense of place. Today, the overall quality and variety of wines being made in the Languedoc is as high as ever.

Shaped like a crescent hugging the Mediterranean coast, the region boasts an enormous variety of soil types and microclimates depending on elevation, exposition, and relative distance from the coastline and the cooler foothills farther inland. While the warm Mediterranean climate is conducive to the production of reds, there are world-class whites and rosés to be found as well, along with stunning dessert wines revered by connoisseurs for centuries.

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