Catherine Bernard - Le Carbonelle 2015
Grapes: Marselan / Grenache / Mourvedre / Cinsault
A medium bodied but richly flavoured wine with notes of dark fruit, black berry and earth. Smooth, soft and spicy with great complexity after a few years aging.
A blend of Grenache, Mourvedre, Marselan and Cinsault from Catherine's original single plot. Mostly de-stemmed, but some whole bunches also. Maceration for 7-10 days, grape dependent. Elevage in old 228 litre barrels for 12 months prior to bottling.
Catherine is orignally from Brittany in northern France and grew up on a farm. Having decided to return to agriculture she eventually bought a tiny property in Saint Drezery in 2005. Over the years she has purchased more land and now has 4 ha under vine. All certified organic.
In the early stages she vinified each harvest in friends’ wineries, until 2015 when she completed the building of her small 'chai'. It is a thoughtfully laid out building with cellar work done by gravity, its design inspired by the work of Australian architect, Glenn Murcutt. Production here is small with most staying in France. For the first 13 years Catherine worked alone but was joined by her son Nicolas in 2018.