2015 Thunevin-Calvet Cotes du Roussillon Villages Les Trois Marie (750ml)

Grenache from Côtes du Roussillon, Languedoc-Roussillon, France

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Among the top wines of France, the world for that matter, the Roussillon has elbowed its way to the very top. Cuvees of Michel Chapoutier's Bila-Haut, Herve Bizuel's Clos des Fees, Severine Bourrier's Chateau de L'Ou and Calvet-Thunevin reign.

The tectonics that created the region as with the Pyrenees yields a mix of interesting soils. Various shades of slate abound with some ancient sea floor surfaced. Slate shows great drive in the grapes such as Grenache, Mourvedre and Syrah. Think of Priorat just south of this ancient wine growing region. Dry conditions are found here with good inventory of very old vines at varied elevations.

Partnership between our Bordeaux pal Jean-Luc Thunevin and Jean-Roger Calvet in this most remote wine growing region seems odd but combine excellent holding of old vines by Calvet and the winemaking genius of Thunevin yields most impressive range of wines with the Les Trois Marie the flagship.

98WA

Wow, utterly sensational, and one of the finest wines I've ever tasted from the Roussillon, the 2015 Cotes du Roussillon Villages Les Trois Maries is a blend of 65% Grenache and 35% Syrah that was vinified in concrete and aged all in foudre. Giving up utterly profound notes of black raspberries, licorice, toasted spice and that chocolaty minerality only found from this region, it has a huge palate, sweet tannin and a finish that won't quit. This should flirt with perfection at maturity, and while it doesn’t come cheap (there’s a scant 200 cases made), don’t miss a chance to latch onto a few bottles!

96-98+ points, Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate (Issue # 230 - Apr 2017)

Alcohol By Volume: 15.0%
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