"Hommage" is a selection of 4ha of the oldest Grenache vines (between 60 and 100 years old) of the Domaine, located in the "Petit Montmirail" district of the appellation. The vines face Southwest, at 200m of altitude on clayey sand soils and marl and limestone scree from the Oligocene period. This combination of old Grenache vines with this type of soil is unique within the appellation.
The grapes are harvested by hand and sorted three times. A cold-soak, pre-fermentation maceration for 3 days. Temperature-controlled fermentation (28°C) and maceration for 25 days. The free-run wine was placed in 228-liter oak barrels while the press wine (bladder press) was placed in tank, for the malo-lactic fermentation. During the blending, part of the press wine was integrated back into the blend. The barrels, called Marcel Cadet, come from the finest oak forests of France, rigorously selected and seasoned 3 years, medium toast level. This barrel allows a restrained micro-oxigenation, harmonising the texture and the tannins.
Bottled at the estate on 13th September 2005
1 500 bottles produced
A deep, dark, amber-red robe. Intense aromas of ripe, red fruit and exotic spices (turmeric, clove, peppermint) provide a dense and complex nose. On the palate, jammy flavours (blackberry and blackcurrant liqueur) and gingerbread intermingle and linger over a very long and silky finish. (August 2016)
Service & food pairing suggestions:
Serve at 16-18 ° C - Open one hour before serving.
Wild boar sautéed with eggplant
Lamb with broad beans and artichokes
Beef braised with spices