The Cuve Béton is a brand new wine from Garagiste and it is a super impressive debut vintage. Noticeably more structured and minerally tasting wine than some of the other Pinots. Bursting with delicious, crunchy red fruits and loads of spices that leap from the glass and flood the palate. Impressive structure from the long maceration but it’s oh so fine with powdery, talc-like tannins running the length of the palate.
Cuve Beton means concrete tank and this wine was fermented and raised in a single, sealable 5000-litre concrete vessel. The vessel’s gentle transfer of oxygen and the cooler thermal mass of the juice during fermentation makes a difference to the tannin profile. The fruit comes from a key parcel of Merricks Grove, and was entirely destemmed and fermented wild, spending four weeks on skins. Bottled unfiltered.
Fermented and aged in concrete, instead of oak. Rosy perfume, spice, red fruits, as little sap and crunch, with charm laid on and a fine fluid line from front to back. Fine tannin, a sort of ash ‘minerality’ too. It’s light but long, brightly lit, and flat out fantastic to drink. Strange to say, but it’s a little like a wine from Etna. 95 Points, Gary Walsh, The Winefront.