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clos_combe_long.jpgTASTING AND VINIFICATION NOTES
CLOS COMBE LONG
AC CORBIERES red
FONTFROIDE terroir


Origin
Central Corbières, near the Cistercian abbey of Fontfroide
The cliffs of Combelongue and the pine forest of St Jacques protect this vineyard from the heavy northern winds and provide a unique microclimate to those slopes of crumbled sand- and limestone.
Without wind old mediterranean grapes quietly develop undisturbed by chemical fertilizers.
A very careful vinification and a small yield create a sincere and untypical wine.


Varietals

Carignan (100 years old) 75 %
Grenache noir 10 %
Syrah 15 %


Yield
16 hl/ha


Cellaring
Hand-picking in October grapes a little over matured, transport to the cellar in 40 kgs-tubs, carbonic maceration in cement vats.
Half of the wine aged in oak casks (new and “one-wine-casks”) for a period of 9 months.
The bottles are stored in an air-conditionned building.

Tasting Notes
Deep ruby coulour; nose of soft plant (Hare’s Ear) aroma, red preserves, cinnamon, black currant and cocoa; Mouth with a smooth attack followed by a ripe, spicy not too heavy wine with a very long finish

At the table
To be served between 16 and 18°C with lamb, beef or poultry and soft cheese