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Maxime Magnon Corbieres 'Metisse' Rose 2020

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The Wine

Bottled in dark glass : A blend of 50% Grenache Noir, 30% Cinsault and 20% Carignan. These grapes are all harvested by hand and are macerated in whole bunches as part of a vinification that involves as little intervention as possible. The whole cluster fermentation lasting 10 to 12 days.

The vinification is conducted in cement vats with no sulphur addition at this point. It’s then aged for 6 months in 8 year old Burgundian barrels (from Chassagne) where it undergoes malolactic fermentation, providing suppleness whilst retaining vitality.

There are parallels here with L'Anglore's Tavel. The ‘Metisse’ is a contemplative rose, I’d view it as an extra light red but with complexity and intrigue that many others lack. Its quite textural for a rose, a result of Maxine’s nurtured winemaking approach. I would expect given the stuffing contained here, it will also take a few years in the cellar, if that’s the way you like to roll!

The ‘Mettise’ in hand, with Provencal scents wafting from the glass and then a few swirls, its evident from the way it glides around the glass there’s substance here. Sipped, a sense of comfort and satisfaction descends over me, yes I have found peace and tranquility within Magnon’s ‘Metisse’. TC💕

The Finer Details

Variety - 50% Grenache Noir, 30% Cinsault and 20% Carignan
Country -  France
Region - Corbieres
Extra - Cork
Year - 2020
Volume - 750ml

About the Wine Maker

The Corbières AOC is a large and geographically diverse one, extending from coastal plains along the Mediterranean (home to massive tracts of ultra-productive vineyards) to the foothills of the Pyrenées in the south and west of the zone. Magnon’s 14 hectares of vines are situated in the latter “Hautes-Corbières” (upper Corbières) sub-zone, at elevations reaching up to 500 meters. The steep slopes here are characterized by an extremely thin topsoil over a rocky mix of limestone and schist, and it should go without saying that all vineyard work is done by hand. In 2002, Burgundy native Maxime Magnon settled in the Corbières region and more precisely in Villeneuve-les-Corbières. Before that he worked with Jean Foillard, Philippe Valette and Thierry Allemand, three big names! further he was inspired by Didier Barral, his neighbour, he reintroduced goats, donkeys and cows. The vines are manually tended with the help of a small tracked vehicle (like Barral). In order to preserve the soils, neither pesticides nor insecticides are used. And from November to mid-April, the animals graze among the vines, which encourages microbial activity in soils. AG Importer