2020 VDF 'Les Vains' (La Tangente) (Magnum)
Blend of 70% Cinsault (grown on clay and limestone) from the Gard and Vaucluse, and 30% Gamay (grown on granite) from Beaujolais. 10 days whole bunch maceration. Aged for 8 months in a combination of Foudre, Demi Muids and Tinajas. Unfined, unfiltered, and zero added SO2.
Beautiful smell of wild berries and wild forest - a nice balance between fruit and savoury notes. The wine has an appealing lightish red appearance. Wild flower perfume, lots of blueberries and boysenberries too, with lighter red fruits in the background. On the palate it is light and fresh. The main thing you notice is the fleshy texture, lots of energy here. It has depth and power without being rich or heavy - it's quite fine in its delivery. Wild berries, fine tannins, and a nice little tart lift on the finish. Tension and mild grip is there too. The Cinsault brings the detail and the Gamay gives it a light floral lift. Easy drinking, with a great mix of pretty and sauvage characteristics. Serve chilled.