Corbières "Premiers Pas", Dom. des Deux Ânes
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Corbières "Premiers Pas", Dom. des Deux Ânes - 2019

Item # 13050 750mL
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Tasting Notes

Premier Pas means "first step" in French and this was indeed the first wine produced by a talented husband-and-wife team after they'd moved to Corbières in the Languedoc-Roussillon. A natural, completely organic wine with no sulfites added, this shows ripe blackberry fruit with underlying herbal layers and cocoa notes. It's medium-bodied and great for any time of year. A blend of mostly Carignan and some Grenache Noir fermented in whole clusters.


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Staff Pick Notes

Knowing Corbières, I was expecting a powerful wine but Domaine Des Deux Ânes shows that a Corbières can also be on the lighter side without losing the aromatic intensity. Before working the soil of the Languedoc, Dominique and Magali made wine in Jura, Mâconnais, and Beaujolais. Today they have about 60 hectares of vines in the Corbieres appellation that they work organically. Explosion of dark berries on the nose that are matched on the palate. Freshness is present from top to bottom. Mediterranean pine forest is also expressed on the palate. Great tannin that does not dry up the mouth. This wine hides a lot of complexity.

- MB

Astor's Glossary of Terms

Carignan

Grown all over Europe and the Americas, Carignan (a.k.a. Carignane, Carignano, and Cariñena) is seldom seen as a 100% varietal wine. Many appellations of Languedoc-Roussillon must include a certain percentage of Carignan, but it is rarely the dominant grape in these blends. For years, this naturally high-yielding grape suffered from overproduction, but New World winemakers have lately taken up...

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