IGP Côtes Catalanes: Domaine Ferrer-Ribière 'Empreinte du Temps' Carignan 2016
"The 2016 Empreinte du Temps Carignan comes from 139-year-old vines. The fruit was given a full carbonic maceration, then aged in egg-shaped flexitank for a year prior to bottling. It boasts intense, piney-resinous notes reminiscent of juniper but also layers of rich purple fruit. Full-bodied and creamy in texture, enjoy this wine's supple tannins and lingering finish over the next 5 years. 90/100, drink 2018-2022."
Joe Czerwinski - robertparker.com
An excellent Vin de Pays Catalan Carignan, with a beguiling bouquet of wild berries and herbs and a medley of sun-kissed Mediterranean flavours, supported by a couch of supple tannins.
|Style||Red Wine, Sec, Medium-bodied, Non Sparkling|
|Wine Region||Roussillon, Vin de Pays Catalan|
|Grape Variety (Cépage)||Carignan|
|Food & Wine Matching||Pork|
|Cellarage||Drinking well now but will age well in the medium term, 2-4 years from vintage.|
|Vinification||Low yields of hand harvested, organically grown grapes from antique vines undergo a 3 week cuvaison with their stems intact. The wine is cleared by careful decanting and is bottled during a waning moon when the Tramontane wind arrives in April.|
|Alcohol By Volume (%)||14.5|
Domaine Ferrer-Ribière (Denis Ferrer & Bruno Ribière)
In 1993 Denis (an experienced fruit grower) and Bruno (a wine loving civil servant) joined forces to establish Domaine Ferrer Ribière - they have since gained an international reputation for their highly individual handcrafted wines. Denis and Bruno typify a new wave of young Southern French winemakers with low capital investment but exacting production values dedicated to making characterful wines with a true expression of terroir from local grape varieties.View more wines from this producer...