La Lumiere, Corbieres red, 2015
Award: Robert Parker : 94 points.
The tale of the Atelier Prestige de Foncalieu is one of a handful of producers working together to reach new heights, to strive for even greater excellence.
In this sunny land in the south of France, they constantly cherish their land to stir and inspire us: artisanal work to enhance the fruit and create concentrated wines with remarkable balance and freshness. Michel Cazevieille and Sébastien Roubichou have continually nurtured their land in their efforts to go further and do better.
At an altitude of 180 metres and with a south-western exposure sheltered from the wind, the vines draw strength from the soil to offer us this wine which is truly at its apogee.
Only 7640 bottles produced.
Grape Varieties: 70% Syrah / 30% Mourvedre
Soil / Terroir: soil composed of marl, sandstone and limestone, in the Corbières terroir. Altitude: 120 metres. Mediterranean climate bringing out the richness and roundness of this exceptional wine.
Ageing: La Lumiere, Corbiere red age for 12 months in French oak barrels (100pourcentage new oak), with a special selection of the finest grapes to develop the wines’ length and finesse.
At first a deep black robe. Then the Nose attracts with aromas of blackcurrant liqueur and dark chocolate. The Mourvèdre signs this wine with aromas of white pepper and its remarkable minerality. Also we notice sweetness on the attack and great concentration extending on a cocoa finish. Overall, a wine in the image of Corbières” wild pure with character .
Food Pairing Suggestions: to be enjoyed among connoisseurs with a roasted beef fillet and sautéed wild mushrooms. It will be a great pairing with cheeses such as Abondance.
Best served around 17C. Potential ageing of 10 years.