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Domaine Vinci

Nestled in the rugged Agly Valley, west of Perpignan, Domaine Vinci’s 6 hectares of old-vine vineyards are surrounded by forest and rocky outcrops. The wines are profoundly mineral, with complexity and finesse, and perfectly express the wild terroir of this corner of Roussillon.

The Wines

Languedoc Rousillon

Coyade

A blend of 75% macabeu, 15% carignan blanc and 10% grenache blanc, harvested by hand and vinified separately in a mix of demi-muid and stainless steel. The wine is aged in old barrels for 16 months, with full malolactic, regular topping up and lees stirring before being racked into tank for 6 months of ageing. Bottled unfined and unfiltered.

Named for the hilltop parcel where these grapes are grown, Coyade is an elegant, richly-textured wine with crystalline minerality and intoxicating aromas of white flowers, almonds and anise.

quick facts

APPELLATION: IGP Côtes Catalanes
VINTAGE: 2014
STYLE: white
GRAPES: macabeu, grenache blanc, carignan blanc
FARMING: organic
FERMENTATION: oak, stainless steel
MATURATION: oak, stainless steel
FILTRATION: unfiltered
ALCOHOL: 12%
CASE SIZE: 6

Roc

The ‘young wine’ of the domaine, Roc always includes carignan but the exact blend varies from vintage to vintage – currently it is 50% grenache, 50% carignan. Fermented and raised entirely in stainless steel, Roc is youthful, juicy and succulent, with plenty of perfume and loads of verve.

quick facts

APPELLATION: IGP Côtes Catalanes
VINTAGE: 2014
STYLE: red
GRAPES: carignan, grenache
FARMING: organic
FERMENTATION: concrete, stainless steel
MATURATION: stainless steel
FILTRATION: unfiltered
ALCOHOL: 12.5%
CASE SIZE: 6

Coste

100% mourvèdre from schist soils, Coste shows the typical density and meatiness of mourvèdre but with the freshness you find in all Domaine Vinci’s wines. Dark berries, damson, leathery spice and smoke provide plenty of stuffing for the well-structured palate, which is lifted by freshness and minerality and finishes with bags of sappy, concentrated fruit.

quick facts

APPELLATION: IGP Côtes Catalanes
VINTAGE: 2014
STYLE: red
GRAPE: mourvèdre
FARMING: organic
FERMENTATION: concrete
MATURATION: oak, stainless steel
FILTRATION: unfiltered
ALCOHOL: 13%
CASE SIZE: 6

Rafalot

Made from 130-year-old carignan vines harvested from the tiny Rafalot valley, which extends roughly north-south, perpendicular to the Agly valley. After about four weeks maceration on the skins, the wine is aged for up to 24 months in neutral demi-muid and barrique.

Rich, dense and spicy, with ripe black-berried fruit balanced by firm, fine-grained tannins and warm leathery notes. Intense, silky and complex, with the kind of finesse that makes Domaine Vinci so exciting.

quick facts

APPELLATION: IGP Côtes Catalanes
VINTAGE: 2013
STYLE: red
GRAPE: old vine carignan
FARMING: organic
FERMENTATION: concrete
MATURATION: oak, stainless steel
FILTRATION: unfiltered
ALCOHOL: 13%
CASE SIZE: 6

Domaine Vinci

Nestled in the rugged Agly Valley, west of Perpignan, Domaine Vinci’s 6 hectares of vineyards are surrounded by forest and rocky outcrops, the old vines sitting amongst scrubby garrigue on slopes that prohibit use of machinery. The domaine was established in 2001 by Olivier Varichon and Emanuelle Vinci, who fell in love with the rustic charm and remoteness of the site. Each parcel is so isolated that there is no threat of windborne chemicals to disrupt the organic operation. The very old vines give absurdly low yields – as little as 15hl/ha in many cases. All the pruning is done by hand, but the vines otherwise are allowed to grow wild, surrounded by weeds and wild flowers. In fact, the local vignerons, whose own rows are perfectly manicured and barren, call Olivier a ‘wild bush man’.

After harvesting by hand, the grapes are brought to the winery and left overnight in the cool cellar, before being crushed by foot without destemming. Fermentation takes place in old wood and stainless steel for the white, and concrete and stainless steel for the reds, always with natural yeasts. With the exception of Roc, which is entirely unoaked, the reds are matured in large old barrels to add depth and a creamy character from the lees, while avoiding any overt oak flavours. No sulphur is used during vinification, and a minimal amount is added at bottling. All wines are bottled unfined and unfiltered.

The clay, schist, limestone and granite soils of this terroir express themselves through profound minerality, and the old vines find their voice in the incredible purity and concentration. Each cuvée is a testament to the hard work and utter dedication of Olivier and Emanuelle. They have put their hearts into this beautiful corner of Roussillon, but from wild boars to drought, it is not without its challenges. The annual output of Domaine Vinci is tiny, and we count ourselves lucky to represent these stunning wines in Ireland.