Yes its back, ‘la Gloire de mon Père’ (The Glory of my Father)! Made by Vincent Boyer in honour of his Father Bernard Boyer, of Domaine de la Bastide fame.
For those not familiar, this wine originates from Visan, which has a history as intense and colourful as Vincent’s wines. The story of the vineyard of Visan merges with that of the Templars Knights who worked and developed the area in the Enclave des Papes. Over the years the field of Visan has seen a fortified farm house, a Benedictine monastery, and even at one point been national property, during the French Revolution, before being partially destroyed during the White Terror!
Buts that’s enough of a history lesson, let’s talk about the wine . . .
Made from 100% Syrah grapes, grown on ancient terraces, from vines that average around 45 years in age. The grapes are mechanical harvested then entirely de-stemmed to avoid excessive tannins. The fermentation process lasts for 25 days at a temperature of 28 ° C, with daily pumping’s. During fermentation the wine is also subjected to a micro supply of oxygen which allows the tannins to soften. The wine is then aged for 6 months in barriques.
We are pleased to report that the 2014 vintage is tasting just as good if not better than the 2013 vintage. Still a beautiful intense purple colour, with a powerful and rich nose that boasts notes of blackberries, crushed strawberries, raspberry jam. The palate is velvety, but full of freshness, with a good acidity making for a well-balanced wine. The tannins are tight but full of future, with a very nice long finish.
If you missed this at our winter tasting, or have yet to have the pleasure, now is the time to acquaint yourself. . .