The floral and cherry aromas leap out of the glass and have an HD precision that you don’t normally find in entry-level wines. You can say the same thing about the full, moderately dry tannins on palate. A refreshing hint of bitterness on the intense, mineral finish. Drink or hold. 93 points, JamesSuckling.com
Negre is a blend of 75% Grenache and 25% Carignan, again from mature vines sited around Capçanes. The 25 year old (average) bush vines sit at 350 metres on varying exposures of limestone, clay and slate. This release was 100% whole-bunch fermented in tank only, with a gentle yet short fermentation that took only around seven to eight days. Following this, the wine rested in tank for six months. Bottled unfiltered. Light in colour and with a bright, juicy personality. This is a wine inspired by the ancient releases of ‘Burgundy-like’ wines once made by the Scala Dei monastery. Everything old is new again.