Each inch of this wine gleams with polish and fervent care. Like the walnut-and-red-leather interior of a classic Jaguar S-type. Built to race, built for power.
APPELLATION: IGP Côtes de Thongue
SOILS: calcareous-clay and siliceous-clay gravel
GRAPES: 60% cabernet sauvignon, 40% syrah
WINEMAKING: each terroir is vinified separately. Long maceration (four to five weeks) with the traditional punching down the cap method. All along the fermentation process, temperature is maintained below 30°C (86°F). Wines are blended at the end of winter and then aged in French oak barrels for 18 months before bottling.
TASTING NOTES: deep red color with purple glints. Complex nose of red fruits, blueberry, blackcurrant, thyme, mint. A rich wine with elegant tannins and a lingering aftertaste. Drink within five to seven years.
ACCOLADES: 89 pts Robert Parker, 17.5 Jancis Robinson
SERVING: Enjoy it with prime rib, scrambled eggs with black truffle, cheeses
HVE3 CERTIFICATION AND CARBON NEUTRAL: Domaine Montrose is certified HVE 3, "Haute Valeur Environnementale level 3", the highest level of France's High Environmental Value Certification. It's a result of the vineyard's efforts towards virtuous agriculture: planting 2000 trees to preserve biodiversity, planting vineyard ground cover, mechanical soil work, pheromone dispensers, and etc. To limit our impact on the planet, we have reduced our CO2 emissions to a minimum. The vineyard also offset the CO2 emission by financing in ecological initiatives.
The 6-bottle Salamandre comes in a packaging case.