Rare Vineyards Carignan Vieilles Vignes 2016

Rare Vineyards Carignan Vieilles Vignes 2016

The most concentrated and complex juice comes from grapes grown on old vines and in France these wines are often labelled ‘Vieilles Vignes’, literally "old vines", and it is 40 year old vines that make this Vieilles Vignes Carignan.
The Rare Vineyards range have endeavoured, entirely successfully, to breathe new life into the Languedoc-Roussillon region by championing indigenous grape varietals and this abundantly fruity and effortlessly drinkable Carignan does just that.
France
Languedoc-Roussillon
Vin de Pays d'Herault
LGI (Viticulteurs de L'Union)
Carignan
12.5%
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Drink now + 2 years

Decanter World Wine Awards 2012

Commended (2011 Vintage)

The Irish Examiner Newspaper

"This is an excellent example of the great value to be had from the south of France: a delightfully aromatic red, followed through by a pretty palette of dark baked fruit." (2012 vintage)   

Languedoc-Roussillon region of France

Together, these two vast Mediterranean areas have been the hotbed of experimentation and innovation for French wines.

In the west lies the smaller of the two appellations, Roussillon. This region, which borders Spain to the south alongside the shared Pyrenees, and with the sea to the east, is vastly different to its Languedoc neighbour. There is a lot of sunshine in Roussillon making some of the vineyards are very dry and hot so unsurprisingly, Grenache is a variety that thrives here, being a variety (much like Rioja) that likes hot and arid conditions.

Roussillon is especially famous for Vin Doux Naturels and of these, Rivesaltes, Maury and Banyuls are the best known. Of these three, Banyuls is held in highest esteem, but all three focus on Grenache for its production. Light wines from the Banuyls area are called Collioure, again made from Grenache but with plenty of Syrah and Mourvèdre added in the mix too. Côtes de Roussillon wine is made with Carignan, Cinsault as well as Syrah and Mourvedrè whereas the appellation known as Côtes de Roussillon Villages is a step up from the previous designation and the even more superior (and recent) again, Côtes du Roussillon Les Aspres.

Moving east and we come to the Languedoc, which is split into several significant sub-regions according to the different climatic and geographical influences, the reds of Minervois, Corbières and Fitou are seen as good quality and good value for money too. Meanwhile Limoux is a region gaining ground for its value for money fizz made from the varieties Mauzac, Chardonnay and Chenin Blanc.

Moving east again, until the Languedoc meets the Rhône river, the Côteaux du Languedoc is responsible is a hugely important appellation as too are St Chinian, Faugères, Clairette de Languedoc and Picpoul de Pinet - all of which are worth trying. 

Carignan

Also known as Carignano in Italy and Cariñena or Mazuelo in Spain, this grape variety is most widely planted in the South of France and Northern Spain. It produces a full-bodied wine with attractive aromas of plum jam and red fruits. When it is produced from old vines that yield small amounts of grapes it makes really exceptional wines.

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This wine works well with chargrilled and roasted vegetables as well as smoked and cured meats and mushrooms.
Fish & Seafood
A good meaty fish is best served with this wine. A lightly grilled tuna steak or a nice piece of salmon will go down a treat.
Pasta & Other Sauces
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Meats
Flavourful meats such as beef, pheasant and duck are perfectly paired to this wine or try it with a good sausage casserole and cured meats such as Parma ham.
Herbs & Spices
A broad range of herbs and spices such as mint, nutmeg, garlic and chives can be used to draw out the flavours of this wine.
Spicy Foods
Spanish and Italian dishes work well with this wine - think tuscan beans and arrabbiata.
Cheeses
Tastes delicious served with goat's cheese, cambozola, and mature Cheddar. 
"This is an excellent example of the great value to be had from the south of France: a delightfully aromatic red, followed through by a pretty palette of dark baked fruit." Irish Examiner.  
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