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Anne Gros & Jean-Paul Tollot, ‘La CinsO’ 2020

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Region: Minervois, Languedoc, France

Varietal: 100% Cinsault

Tasting Notes: Pure Cinsault, one of the south’s signature grapes, yet one that is increasingly rare as growers tear out older vines in favor of “international” grape varieties. Ancient vines and pure, spicy flavor. Aromas of raspberries, pomegranate, wild herbs. Medium-bodied, delicate; flavors remind of ripe Pinot Noir.

Producer: Southern French spirit, Burgundian soul. The partnership of Burgundian winemakers Anne Gros and Jean-Paul Tollot in the Minervois sets a new standard for quality and character in the Languedoc. Finesse and precision are the two main characteristics of these Minervois wines—words more often used to describe Gros’ Burgundian crus rather than the concentrated reds of the south. Gros has for decades headed her own estate Vosne-Romanée; her partner, Jean-Paul, hails from the family estate of Tollot-Beaut in Chorey-lès-Beaune. The pair wanted to make wine together, but the question was where—and the search, over a few years, brought them to the high-altitude hills of Minervois. The region’s varied terroir, cooler heights (the same altitude as Vosne-Romanée, curiously enough) and very old vines offered just the combination they wanted, for wines that speak of both the sun and of silk in every sip.

Vineyard & Winemaking: Vineyards are located in Cazelles, just north of Carcassonne and in the shadow of the Montagne Noir, in the hills where temperatures are cooler and terroir varied. The higher elevation allows for grapes to ripen slowly, preserving their natural acidity and keeping alcohol in the finished wines moderate. Vines are cared for according to “lutte raisonée” principles, following organic practices and avoiding chemical treatments as much as possible. Grapes are harvested by hand and fermented on indigenous yeasts in temperature-controlled, stainless steel tanks. Wines are aged, depending on the cru, in a combination of tank and older French oak barrique.