2020, A very balanced vintage, offering freshness and elegance. This is an early vintage. During fall and winter, vines made water reserves with more than 400 mm cumulated. Mild temperatures lead to fast budburst with 2 weeks earlier. Then, summer was soft, offering to the vines the capacity to maintain good acidities in the grapes. Harvests started on the 1st September for the Syrah and on the 7th September for the Grenache. We had rainfall (40 mm) on 20th September, allowing to unlock maturities of the Mourvèdre that we harvested beginning of October. The differences in the maturities lead us to make long harvests. The conditions were ideal then allowing us to harvest at optimal ripeness. Almost no need to sort out. The reds offer a lot of elegance and softness, presenting a high aging potential. It is a wonderful balanced vintage, combing complexity and freshness. As if the gods had decided to console us from the prevailing gloom linked to the covid-19 crisis, the 2020 vintage is the outcome of a trouble-free year in the vines and a harmonious development of the grapes.
Hand-picking with sorting in the vineyard and then in cellar. De-stemming (100%) and fermented separately in oak tanks with wild yeasts. Pump-over, manual punch-down and delestages are made during all the grape maceration (34 days). Harvests started on the 3rd September for Syrah and on September 12th for Grenache. Aged 80% in demi-muids (600L) (2 to 9 wines) for the Grenache and 20% in old barrels for the Syrah - for 14 months.
This wine shows a bright red color, with Carmin reflections. The is very elegant with a lot of finesse, on complex notes of bitter orange, violet and wild strawberries. This is a full-bodied wine with smooth tannins, very well-balanced showing aromas of black fruits and licorice. Very soft tannins and a lot of freshness for this 2020 Les Quartz. Very long finish. Please pair this with Hare à la Royale, Slowed-cooked Trushes, bacon, thyme and rosemary Pavé of deer with confite shallots.