Closerie Saint Roc, “Les Pins”, Vin de France Rouge 2019
Comprised of 50% each Cabernet Franc and Merlot planted in a 1.3-hectare parcel of silt, clay, and a touch of sand, “Les Pins” offers soaring aromas of dusty strawberries, smoky graphite, and black pepper, with a palate simultaneously gentle and commanding. There is a seamless harmony of acid, fruit, and tannin, with an overall impression of finesse and silkiness. Fermented spontaneously in cement during a two-week maceration, it spends 18 months aging in old barrels with the lees regularly “dynamized” into the wine according to the lunar calendar, and it is bottled without any additions whatsoever. Each bottle is topped with high-quality red wax and enclosed in translucent tissue paper.