L’apogée Saint Chinian 2016
Award: Robert Parker : 91 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 3400 bottles produced.
Grape Varieties: 85% Syrah, 15% Grenache
Soil / Terroir: soil composed of fossil sandstone and limestone-clay in the Chaînon de Saint-Chinian terroir. Altitude: 180 metres. Mediterranean climate with continental influences, offering a wine which is exceptional in its balance and spicy nature.
Ageing: L’apogée Saint Chinian age for 12 months in French oak barrels (70% of new barrels, 30% barrels of two wines), with a special selection of the finest grapes to develop the wines’ length and finesse.
At first a deep, dense red colour. Then a Bouquet of ripened and blackberries (red currant jelly), eucalyptus and garrigue (thyme, rosemary). Overall, a Fruity, powerful and well-structured wine on the palate. Along and spicy finish.
Food Pairing Suggestions: to be enjoyed among connoisseurs. Primarily with grilled meat but also with a lamb shank with rosemary. Bon Appétit !