STÉPHANE HÉNIN RED
Less than 300 bottles are made of this cuvée from ancient vines which is a tribute to the father of the owner Jean-François Hénin. This confidential and elitist wine is only made in superb vintage years of Mourvèdre.
Grenache noir, Mourvèdre. Ancient vines.
SOn south-facing slopes. Some of the vines grow in clay-limestone soil covered with rounded pebbles and the others in sandy-clay soil with sandstones. The climate is Mediterranean with two dry seasons (one in winter and a longer one in summer) and two rainy seasons (heavy some years in autumn and lighter in spring). Finally, the presence of the Mistral wind throughout the year is a real advantage for the healthy growth of the vines.
Destemmed grapes, fermentation in a stainless-steel vat at controlled temperature. The good maturity of our best parcels allows us to control extraction by light pump-overs and punch-downs, during a long vatting process. The wine is barrelled before malolactic fermentation and aged in Burgundy wooden casks for 16 months.
This wine of an intense cardinal red colour and great finesse, worked with the utmost respect for the grapes, exhales aromas of stewed red berries and spices. On the palate its silky tannins combine force and elegance. The balance completed by the long finish is underpinned by woody and chocolatey notes.
This wine to lay down is the perfect companion to braised meats and game dishes in sauce.
We recommend serving it in a carafe at 18°C.