Coume del Mas, Schistes Grenache
Brand : Coume del Mas
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The Schistes wine is made from pure Grenache from vines close to the sea; it is unoaked and bottled straight from tank. It is distinctive and certainly full of character, with bitter chocolate, cherries, soaring mineral notes, stone fruit and some powerful grape tannins. Big, honest and outstanding in its field.
Philippe and Nathalie Gard own this lovely boutique estate. They live in pretty Banyuls in a small house on top of one of the hills, from where the magnificent hills and valleys of this beautiful region are easily visible. Philippe was joined by winemaker Andy Cook a few years ago and the estate is going from strength to strength with a highly sought-after production which sells out every year.
The vines are situated on a large number of small parcels dotted throughout the region. Some are on the high terraces overlooking the sea, where its cooling influence is important; others are further inland. The vines are in many cases very old – up to 100 years- and are very low-yielding; the wines are tight and concentrated but without losing their balance.