A cuvée of Grenache and Syrah from black rock. Yields there are regularly just 15 hl/ha. Spontaneously fermented with stems and stalks for 15 days, aged in concrete, enamel tanks and used barrels.
Shiny, dark cherry red
2017 La Pierre Noire has a dark, mysterious aura. The nose doesn't reveal too much at first. Wet stones, subtle toasty aromas. Blackberries and morello cherries as well as black cherries. A clue to the origin is provided by the discreet hint of garrigue. From the spice corner, however, white pepper and rosemary are predominant, rounding it out balsamic and ethereal. The cool note lashes out towards pencil. Dark chocolate and a bit of licorice finish it off. A sleeping giant in the nose that will still develop great.
Tightly woven and concentrated, it enters the stage of taste. Melting tannin combined with a cool minerality at high fruit concentration. A fine extract remains on the teeth and underpins the density of this wine. Despite all the superlatives, this wine remains true to Philippe Gimel's style and terroir. La Pierre Noire still emanates a silky mouthfeel and a dark, cool elegance. Discreet bitter tones are contrasted by a taut acid structure. This vitalizes the wine immensely and gives signals for its high storage potential. Tart chocolate, mint and nuances of liquorice spread across the palate after each sip. The dark fruit, spices and herbs of the nose dance together in a wonderfully synchronized ballet. Each step is attuned to the other and well considered. And so the finale also strides along long and elegantly.
Food recommendations from Marian Henß
- Côte de Boeuf with mediterranean vegetables and pommes allumettes
- Gazpacho of beetroot and tomato with olive oil
- Grilled pigeon breast with XO sauce, red chicory and artichoke cream
Saint Jean Du Barroux
Saint Jean du Barroux, Chemin de Saint Jean, 84330 Le Barroux / France, Organic certificate: FR-BIO-01