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Notes from Andrew Guard - the importer.
From one of those rare parcels of Cinsault du Roussillon on great terroir. This variety, which made the reputation of certain wines of the South before phylloxera, has been neglected or badly planted since. Ubac is a parcel on a 70 degree slope of gneiss facing due north with 50 year-old vines worked by hand and by horse. "It's the Pinot Noir of the South for me!", says Cyril. Always very fine material, very delicate, with length and a strong signature of the terroir. Whole berry maceration of ten days, then foot-tread and put in vat, with stems for the fine tannins they provide. 20 month aging in Austrian demi-muid, bottled by gravity." (Yields of 15 Hl/Ha, approx 20 mg SO2) Magic.