Abbotts & Delaunay Alto Stratus Carignan, Vin de France

Abbotts & Delaunay Alto Stratus Carignan, Vin de France

Carignan is a great grape variety for hot, dry climates, yielding wines full of harmony and elegance. The grapes for this dark, brooding red came from two distinct terroirs: high-altitude vineyards which are populated by 100-year-old vines and arid Mediterranean soils where the vines grow alongside the shrublands known as the garrigue. The grapes are hand-picked, with 60% vinified as whole bunches while 40% undergo a traditional vinification. The wines are racked at the end of alcoholic fermentation and are transferred to French oak barrels, 30% new, where they undergo malolactic fermentation and are aged for nine months. The nose shows herbaceous notes with hints of rhubarb, liquorice, gingerbread and pear; the palate is creamy, with fruity notes reminiscent of sour cherry flan.

  • Type: Red
  • Country: France
  • Region: Bordeaux
  • Vintage: 2013/2014
  • Producer: Abbotts & Delaunay Zephyr Chardonnay, Limoux
  • Primary grape: Carignan
  • Screwcap: Cork
  • Bottle size: 75cl
  • List price: £16.41
  • Code: 31832
  • Expression: Chilli