Carignan Vieilles Vignes, Dom. Tour Boisée
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Carignan Vieilles Vignes, Dom. Tour Boisée - 2020

Item # 20671 750mL

From Carignan vines planted in 1955 resulting in a generous, full-bodied red wine you can enjoy with abandon as it's accessible on the palate.

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Vieilles Vignes just means old vines and while that term does not have any legal barring in this case the old vines are about 68 years old. Old vines are great because they produce less grapes so the grapes they do produce have more concentrated aromatics. Carignan is a grape thought to be of Spanish origin and is particularly well suited to hot, dry growing seasons producing consistently high yields. In the eighties, Carignan was the most widely planted grape in France, which lead to a bunch of vines being torn out with a dip in demand. That is sad because Carignan can make great wines. The Carignan that survived is a lot of old-vine stuff like this one. Big and bold but not overly tannic and nicely balanced fruit and earth.

- JGM

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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 the Carignan cause and produced some distinctive and delicious examples. Now that it is subject to...

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