|Grape/Varietal : Merlot||Color : Red|
|Origin : France||Bottle Size : 75cl|
|Region : Roussillon||ABV : 12%|
|Vintage : 2019||Natural Factor: Biodynamic|
Jacques de Chancel created his dream Domaine in 2001, and started immediately with organic viticulture. Ausseil means «Bird» in Occitan, and Jacques pays hommage to birds and wildlife in each of his wines. There is indeed a sort of lightness and flightiness in his wines, which helps to counteract the intensity which comes from very low yielding (less than 20hl/ha) old vines (some over 100 years old).
The Domaine holds about 10 ha in the village of Latour de France (in the hills to the north west of Perpignan). Jacques likes to work with micro-vinifications, isolating and nurturing different vineyards with different varieties in different micro-climates and soil structures, in order to study their impact on the resulting wines. He then allows himself flexibility in winemaking, with very short to very long macerations, long ageing in tanks and/or old oak barrels. There are a lot of factors to work with! Winemaking is low-intervention, all by gravity, use of a basket press, classic macerations for the reds, a little plunging of the cap, and minimal SO2 prior to bottling.
P'tit Piaf, vines produce Merlot in low yields planted in alluvial terraces. Harvested by hand around August 25, and vinified in open tank, after stemming, without crushing. Maceration is about 8 days. Bottling takes place without filtration.
Red garnet red, fresh nose of Merlot and red fruits. Very round and supple in the mouth, with a very pleasant tannic structure. Aromas of red fruits, peppers and blackcurrants.
Pairs Well With:
Lamb, zucchini and haloumi burgers with sesame salt
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