2017 Les Mines
Les Mines is a parcel of 45 year old Cabernet Franc vines.
Les Mines is aged in barrel (30% new) for two years before being bottled. The wine is named “Le Mines” (The Mines) because the colour of the soil (black biscay) looks like a coal mine. Stephane believes the particular variety of metamorphic rock is black from its high coal & graphite content. That particular geology imparts a unique sense of minerality in the wine. This has vibrant fruit on the nose, showing sweet plum, blackcurrant fruit lifted by leafy tobacco in an attractive and perfumed seam. The palate is bright, with a supple texture and a moreish delicacy to the the perfumed fruit. It feels stony, vibrant and fresh in the mouth with warm harmony, lovely complexity and a fine finish. With a couple years in the bottle already courtesy of Stephane, this is great drinking and showing nice complexity already. Finesse.