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Allegria 2014 Poivre de Mourvedre

Producer Info
  • Eight years ago Ghislain and Delphine d’Aboville found paradise on the southern slope of Les Baumes, an extinct volcano overlooking the Haut Languedoc town of Pezenas. This windy site called out to them as ideally suited to the production of interesting wines and more importantly as a rural location perfect for raising their tight-knit family of seven. The couple partnered with friend and mentor Roberto de la Mota
  • This is one of only three locations in France with a high proportion of basalt soil, the other two being the Grand Cru of Rangen in Alsace and Clermont Ferrand in Auvergne. The second primary component of the soil here is quartz river rock, a soil type made famous in Chateauneuf-du-Pape. The quartz here comes from the same source as that in Chateauneuf, but is jagged rather than rounded due to it not having traveled as far. One will find that the quartz here is also present much deeper, continuing underground for hundreds of feet and thus lending
  • In total the property is comprised of 23 acres and divided into four vineyard blocks. Each vineyard block is used for one specific wine the family produces. All vines are certified organic and this was the region’s first winery principled on ecological design and process. SO2 additions are extremely limited (under 20 mg/L).
  • Grapes are fermented in unlined concrete vessels that were custom designed to accommodate manual pigeage, which still eight years in is a favorite after-school activity for all of their kids (they strap the kids into climbing harnesses that are roped to a bar overhead and let them go wild)
  • Allegria means “joy” in the local language Occitan!
  • About the Wine
    • Sourced from low yielding 40 year old Mourvedre vines that sit on the western edge of the property
    • Named “Poivre de Mourvedre,” due to the peppery notes from this varietal that emerge when one keeps skins in contact with the wine for a longer
    • Aged in mostly used, tight grain Eastern European barrels to bring aromatic complexity without adding overwhelming oak flavors.
    • Vintage: 2014 | Wine Type: Red
      Varietal: 100% Mourvedre
      Origin: France | Appellation: IGP Pays de Caux
      Elaboration:Concrete fermentation with manual pigeage. Aged in used barrels for 15 months. Extremely limited use of SO2.
      Winemaker: Ghislain d'Aboville and Roberto de la Mota

      Tasting Notes

      "Dark ruby red color. This nose offers violet, dark berries and peppery notes. The palate is dense and structured with nicely firm tannin, layers of peppery dark fruit, juicy, with a very good length, still young but potent." - Andreas Larsson, Master Sommelier.

      Technical Data

      Production: 330 cases | Alcohol: 14% | TA:  g/l | RS: <1 g/l | pH: 3.58

      Press & Points

      2014 - 90 Points, Andreas Larsson.

Allegria 2014 Poivre de Mourvedre