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Valinière is the Mourvèdre-based cuvée chez Barral, with an added touch of Syrah from a northern-exposed vineyard. Dark, inky, and powerful, it is the longest lived of Barral’s magical cuvées.
|Blend:||80% Mourvèdre, 20% Syrah|
|Producer:||Domaine Léon Barral|
|Vineyard:||15 to 30 years, 4.3 ha|
|Aging:||Aged for 24 to 26 months in barrel (10% new oak)|
For the wines that I buy I insist that the winemaker leave them whole, intact. I go into the cellars now and select specific barrels or cuvées, and I request that they be bottled without stripping them with filters or other devices. This means that many of our wines will arrive with a smudge of sediment and will throw a more important deposit as time goes by, It also means the wine will taste better.