Vin de Petanque de Libian, South West France 2016

l'Art du Vin

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Mas de Libian

family run – biodynamic/natural – low/no added sulphites

The Thibon-Macagno family have presided over the farm of Mas de Libian since 1670! Now, it is the turn of Hélène to lead the winemaking element of the business – they also grow other fruits and cereals.

Having taken over proceedings in 1995, Hélène made the brave decision to begin bottling their own estate wine, rather than selling their produce to local négociants as they had previously. This decision has most thoroughly been vindicated, as the estate has developed an outstanding reputation, while Hélène has individually been recognised among the most promising young winemakers in France.

Her Vin de Pétanque, a Syrah/Mourvèdre/Grenache blend dominated by the former, comes from vines grown on clay-limestone soils that also feature the distinctive “pudding stones” of the nearby Chateauneuf-du-Pape region. The grapes undergo strict manual selection, before being destemmed, lightly crushed and macerated for 5 days. The resulting wine is dark ruby in colour and possesses aromas of blackberry, myrtle and gentle spices. The palate is warm and digestible with olive notes that are typical of the Rhône region.

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