Grapes: 100% Carignan
Region: France> Cotes du Roussillon> Cotes Catalanes> Agly.
Notes: 50yr Old Vines, Aged in cement tanks, bottling 2 years after the harvest.
The Batlle family has been growing grapes for five generations in Maury, home to Roussillion’s famous vins doux naturels. Jean Batlle developed his love of the land at any early age, following his father in the vineyards, and today his son, Nicolas, has taken over as winemaker. The family’s vineyard holdings consist of 50 hectares which surround their farmhouse in one large parcel and another 30 east of Maury near Tautavel. The old vines of black, gray or white Grenache, Carignan and Syrah (between 40 and 50 years old) bury their roots deep in clay and limestone and black shale, infusing the wines with a robust minerality. The hot and arid microclimate promotes full maturation of the grapes while also lending lovely balance to the grapes—ideal for AOC Maury’s vin doux.