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Cap de Creus “Ranci Sec”

Domaine La Tour Vieille
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The Cap de Creus is a striking rock formation jutting out into the Mediterranean just south of France’s border with Spain, where ruthless tramontane winds create rough seas that batter the rugged coastline. This rare wine from La Tour Vieille has a rustic character that parallels the craggy geography of this area while reflecting the ancient tradition of rancio wines produced in this part of Catalonia. Grenache and Carignan are fermented dry and left for years of oxidative aging in half-filled barrels. Evaporation over time has concentrated the wine, giving it considerable strength to go with its trademark rancio aromas of walnuts and brine. This unique specialty of French Catalonia can be served with hard cheeses for a real taste of local history. It is also a perfect wine to deglaze a pan or cook sauces.

Anthony Lynch

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Technical Information
Wine Type: red
Vintage: NV
Bottle Size: 750mL
Blend: Grenache and Carignan
Country: France
Region: Languedoc-Roussillon
Producer: Domaine La Tour Vieille
Winemaker: Vincent Cantié, Christine Campadieu
Vineyard: 45 + years
Soil: Schist
Farming: Lutte Raisonnée
Alcohol: 17%

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About The Region

Languedoc-Roussillon

map of 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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Terroirs

Great winemakers, great terroirs, there is never any hurry. And I no longer buy into this idea of “peak” maturity. Great winemakers, great terroirs, their wines offer different pleasures at different ages.

Inspiring Thirst, page 312

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