Le Rouge du Château de Pibarnon 2014
90 % MOURVEDRE + 10 % GRENACHE
The vineyards dominate the hills, facing the sea, clinging to terraced in terraces up to 300m above sea level, on the slopes forming a vast amphitheater sheltered from the mistral. The high altitude of the vineyards favors cool nights and slow ripening of the grapes. The vineyards of Castle Pibarnon are planted on old Triassic soil, characterized by very high rates of limestone. This limestone promotes the appearance of clumps in wines, and allows the extraction of very fine and elegant tannins. Moreover it is causing the freshness and minerality, giving an exemplary race and flavor. Castle Pibarnon focuses on 12 main plots, all located on the heights of the area: Bel Air, Jourdan, White-Tips, Cirque ...
As in the vines, fermentation time asked a lot of patience, tannins are extracted slowly after long days of maceration and punching. Fermentation is followed by a very LONG CUVAISON (about three weeks) before running off. BREEDING in oak casks for 20 months. The wrath of the park will soon be renewed at 100%. Diversification in the choice of coopers and casks of different ages can adapt the best breeding of each of our terroirs.
The 2014 Red is typically southern, dense, spicy, abundantly liquorice and fruity. Its 'Pibarnon' style is present from the outset, long, energetic with both density and finesse. It is a wine that will open up in spring for 2 or 3 years. To be tasted again later on with the secondary bouquets.
After more than 35 years at the Domaine, it is surprising to find oneself presented with an unprecedented situation at each new harvest. In appearance, it is a rather mild year, not particularly scorching, and perfectly regulated from a hydration point of view. Beautiful precipitation in winter and spring, but without any excess, give way to a mild and dry summer. There is even a storm on 15th August, which revives the foliar activity and the cold hardening process. We are therefore expecting rather late maturities with serenity. Actually, this vintage is livelier than we imagined: El Nino woke up. Very good. Lovely maturity, beautiful tannins, the first vats have been harvested to perfect maturity. An unprecedented fall of hailstones just before the harvest scares us out of our minds. But fortunately, the leaves of Mourvèdre are like helmets and there was no damage.
Yields of 34 hl / ha. Area of 25 ha in terraces, on high hills. Manual harvest in boxes of 20kg. 2013 very late harvest, until October 16, as in années80 '.