La Punition 2017
Les Valentines
Region: Provence

Tasting Notes

A limited production wine named for how difficult the old plot is to farm and harvest: ‘Punishment’. Delicate aromas of garrigue behind abundant notes of rich, dark fruits like blackberry and cassis. The palate is full, heady and supple.

A blend of old vine Carignan and Syrah. Until recently, Carignan had fallen out of favour with Mediterranean winemakers. It is a fairly difficult grape to grow, being particularly sensitive to various forms of mildew. It ripens late and is extremely vigorous, often making rather ordinary wines when yields are not checked. But it has experienced a bit of a renaissance of late, as consumers’ thirst for full, concentrated and deeply-coloured wines continues to grow. It is usually blended with other grapes, almost exclusively in southern France and northern Spain.

La Londe is a tiny sub appellation of the Côtes de Provence, the core appellation of the Provence wine region in the far southeast of France. Similar to other areas of Provence, 75% of La wine is rosé, with the remainder being entirely red. White wines produced in the area are sold under the general Côtes de Provence title. Located on the Mediterranean coast just east of Toulon, the La vineyards are spread between the communes of Hayers and La Londe-les Mares itself, as well as some specific areas of Bormes-les-Mimosas and La Car. The best sites are situated on the southeast facing slopes of the southern Massif des Mares hills. Wine has been made here for over 2600 years, making Provence the oldest wine producing region of France.

Grapes are sourced from the winery’s oldest plot, where the vines range in age from 75 to 100 years old. Yields average a miniscule 20 hl/ha. The vineyard is certified organic.

Vinified over the course of 3 weeks. Gentle punch-downs. Aged in concrete.

Wine Type: Red

Variety: Carignan, Syrah

Classification: N/A

Orientation: N/A

Appellation: AOP Cotes de Provence

Gradient: N/A

Soil: Rocky granite, shale and sand

Farming Practices: Organic

Residual Sugar: N/A

Alcohol: 13

Malolactic: Yes

Botte Size: 750 ml

Acidity: N/A

Other Practices: Sustainable, Certified Organic