October 2017—Our 45th Anniversary!
Speaking of schist, Collioure is one of the most difficult areas in the world to cultivate the vine. Its impossibly steep, inhospitable slopes, which plunge into the Mediterranean near Spain’s border, cannot be mechanized. Gnarled vines twist from the harsh, windswept landscape of pure bedrock. Grenache and Mourvèdre thrive with patient care, cleansed by the salty sea air. Vincent Cantié is an artist from another era, eking out masterpieces from these foreboding, beautiful hills. This cuvée is a classic southern French red, with the attitude and spiciness you’d expect from a full-blooded Catalan.
|Blend:||80% Mourvèdre, 10% Grenache, 10% Carignan|
|Producer:||Domaine La Tour Vieille|
|Winemaker:||Vincent Cantié, Christine Campadieu|
|Vineyard:||25 to 45 years|
|Aging:||Wine is bottled 10 to 18 months after fermentation|
In 1981, Vincent Cantié and Christine Campadieu took over two small, family-owned domaines where they’d grown up, in Collioure and Banyuls. Together, they farm vineyards planted on steep, schist terraces overlooking the sea, exposed to the fierce and wily wind known as “La Tramontagne.” The vineyards are so steep that cultivation must be by hand, and extensive irrigation canals are the only prevention against soil erosion. At harvest, grapes are carried up and down the mountain in baskets. This method of farming, while extremely challenging, preserves the traditions of their ancestors. The heart, soul, and hard work that go into crafting these wines make their labor of love all the more delicious.
You don’t have to be rich to cellar a great wine.