Why pick up a bottle of 2014 Doucinello? Vigneron Serge Ferigoule’s answer could not be more concise: “There is no reason to hesitate before opening a 2014. It’s good—why ask questions?—just drink.” Coming from an amply mustachioed man with a southern melody in his voice, this is all you should need to hear. But for the curious, there’s concentrated red fruit, plenty of Provençal herbs, texture, balance, and all of the southern charm you could hope for.
|Blend:||70% Grenache, 20% Syrah, 10% Mourvèdre & Cinsault|
|Producer:||Domaine Le Sang des Cailloux|
|Vineyard:||35 to 40 years, 12 ha|
|Soil:||Clay, Limestone, with Galets Roulés|
|Aging:||Wine is raised for a minimum of 6 months in foudre|
In 1974, Serge Férigoule left winemaking school with a longing to return to the vineyards. He went to work for Monsieur Ricard’s family in 1979 to oversee the vineyards. Without a successor, Ricard decided to gamble by partnering with Serge. In 1990, after Ricard’s retirement, Serge launched Le Sang des Cailloux. Vacqueyras had been awarded an A.O.C. that same year, a timely twist of fate that helped Serge’s wines become as celebrated as they deserve. All of Serge’s seventeen hectares rest on the Plateau des Garrigues, where red clay, limestone, and the galets roulés impart a terrific intensity and depth to the wines.
Let the brett nerds retire into protective bubbles, and whenever they thirst for wine it can be passed in to them through a sterile filter. Those of us on the outside can continue to enjoy complex, natural, living wines.
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