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Wine of France

Red French Wine

Les Petites Cabanes refer to small old stone huts built in the middle of vineyards to store simple hand tools and provide shade from the hot summer sun, which La Cave de Tain carefully maintain as part of the heritage and landscape of their region.

Cornas is in the northern Rhône valley on the opposite bank of the river to Hermitage but is equally made from Syrah. Here the amplitheatre of craggy slopes are all south to south east facing and protected from the cool northern Mistral wind tend to produce a very ripe style. Intensely ripe fruit produces aromas and flavours which taste both rich and savoury, streaked with a mid palate freshness and finishing with a complex texture, good depth and great length.

Tasting Notes

This is a serious bottle of wine with plenty of structure and shape but also with plenty of plush fruit to justify it. Spicy, dark berry and plum aromas with hints of liquorice and toasty oak on the nose. The palate has more black berry, red and black cherry, as well as chocolately oak. The wine is clean and bright, with a silky mouthfeel and good length, which reveals a long plummy finish.


Wine ColourRed
ABV13%
Current Vintage2009
ProducerCave De Tain
Type of ClosureNatural Cork
Wine MakerXavier Frouin
Pack Quantity750
Pack Measureml
CountryFrance

Grape Variety

Syrah

Vinification Details

Grapes are taken from a selection of old vines from the best plots of the appellation. A bunches are destemmed. Must is then transported to concrete tanks where there is pre fermentation maceration and cold soaking at 10-15 °C then fermentation at 28 to 30 °C with regular pumping over and delestage (frequency depending on tasting). Microoxygenation can be used during maceration under the cap. Wine is the drained from the tank and the marc pressed. The wine is allowed to settle before barrels are filled. Malolactic fermentation will then take place in barrels. Maturation is in French new oak in 400L barrels for around 16 to 18 months. There is no fining, just cross flow filtration then bottling in September.

History

At the foot of the famous Hermitage hillside, the Cave de Tain l'Hermitage produces five appellation contrôlée wines, namely Hermitage, Crozes-Hermitage, St-Joseph, Cornas and St-Péray. The Cave de Tain l'Hermitage owns a 21 hectare domaine within the Hermitage appellation and the winemaker, Xavier Frouin supervises each stage of vinification, from grape reception, classified according to quality, right up to bottling. The objective of the Cave is to provide wine lovers around the world with authentic wines which bear the full character of their individual " terroir ", bringing out the best through careful and non-intrusive vinification methods.

Regional Information

100% old vine grapes on granite slopes.-The climate is continental with Mediterranean influences. The vineyard is near the village of Cornas, mainly facing south in a naturally shelted Amphitheater. The soil is sandy, from a granitic origin. In Cornas, the structure of the soil is very particular; it’s called an “Arènes” in French. Vines are mainly bush vines lead on the traditional “échalas” (= wood stick) to keep the vegetation steady. Due to the slopes, most of the intervention in the vineyard is manual. Leaf thinning is a common intervention in the “échalas” system to avoid the concentration of leaves around the grape area at the bottom of the plant. Grapes are harvested around mid September.

Storage Type

Ambient

Allergy Information

Contains: Sulphur Dioxide/Sulphites

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