Domaine des Terres Falmet Cinsault 2020 Vin de France

17/20 jancisrobinson.com

“Every time I taste a Cinsault like this, I want to make a public declaration that the world has got Cinsault wrong. It’s not a blending component, or a rosé-wine grape, or a grape that should be expressed in any way other than this silky-fine, translucent, ephemerality. It really is the Pinot of the south. The tannins are like a little silk slip, almost falling off the gentle rosehip-red, cherry-ripe fruit. The finish has the sweet minty breath of an early summer morning”. VGV (TC) jancisrobinson.com

Full bottle 1,156 g. Certified HVE. Yves Falmet is deeply committed to chemical-free farming. 100% Cinsault from three plots of bush-wine Cinsault on his large unbroken hillside vineyard, which is entirely classified under the St-Chinian appellation (the wine can’t be labelled St-Chinian because it is 100% Cinsault) on stony limestone. The grapes are harvested ripe, by hand. Destemmed, lightly crushed, fermentation and hot maceration (about 25 °C) in tank for three weeks, with twice daily pumping over. The wines are drawn off in October, then racked twice over the following months. In tank for about five months with no fining and very light filtration.