Les Foulards Rouges, Frida
A little muted on the nose at first yet compelling and complex: it opens up to exhibit elderberries, black cherries, plum, red and black berries and herbs - with just a light sensation of Mediterranean sun. On the palate this is structured, dense, with the spine of the old vines shining through: there is a great balance with the lightness of the extraction and the precise tannins. The aromas are more herbal and mineral, with notes of thyme, grain of paradise, blood orange zest, iron and graphite. Don't hesitate to decant, it can be served slightly chilled (14-16C).
Frida comes from 3 small parcels (40 ares) of 100 year-old co-planted Carignan with Grenache Noir, Gris and Blanc on the bottom of the hillside. The vines grow on deep sands. They are harvested and vinified together: chilled on arrival, they are destemmed then macerated at 15C temperature in tank without pigeage nor remontage in order to preserve the freshness. Free-run and press juices are blended then aged in 500 litres used barrels before being bottled by hand in the beginning of Spring without any SO2 addition