Founded in 1995, Calmel & Joseph is a maison de négoce specializing in Languedoc-Roussillon wines from private wineries from across the region. Over the years, they have built close personal relationships with a large number of growers from all appellations. Convinced of the extraordinary potential of this region, oenologist, Laurent Calmel, and Jerome Joseph work together on the vinification, blending and ageing of wines with the common purpose of demonstrating the little known yet unique quality of these Mediterranean terroirs. As well as their desire to produce high quality wines consistent with their terroirs, they are committed to making wines which reflect their convictions and experience.
This new Cuvée Rare, with its stunning ruby red colour, comes from the exceptionally austere coastal terroir of Collioure. This is a challenging terroir that does not give up its treasures easily, but which produces some of the most spectacular wines in the Roussillon when all the stars are aligned.
The grapes are hand-picked, then sorted and destemmed. Alcoholic fermentation takes place at 25°C. Light pumping over for 5 minutes once a day for 10 days. Vatting for one month. Malolactic fermentation under the cap. Aged in oak barrel for 6 months
The nose is intense but not ostentatious, laden with red fruit, laurel, star anise and notes of humous. The palate opens incisively with bold, concentrated tannins, offering up juicy cherry, fragrant aniseed and dill, and a lovely menthol finish.