Domaine Madeloc Magenca Rouge, Collioure 2018


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A wine of great elegance, the inviting aromas of juicy red berries, spice and vanilla lead to a tantalisingly fruity palate with mineral nuances and a velvety structure.

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The estate vineyard is located in the AOP Collioure, where the steep, sloped terroir is planted on terraces to enable cultivation. The climate is dry and very hot during the summer, which naturally reduces the risk of disease and the mitigating sea winds bring minerality and elegance to the wines. The vines are trained on stakes, which allows for larger canopies to offer the fruit shade from the hot sun. The parcels of old vine Grenache and Carignan, include vines that are almost one hundred-years-old and produce incredibly low yields of just 17 hl/ha. The vines are planted at a high density of approximately 6,000 vines per hectare, which encourages the vines grow deep roots to reach the limited water supplies. The grapes used to produce Magenca come from plots planted at altitude, where the vines benefit from diurnal temperature differences, resulting in supple tannins and depth of flavour. The schist soil is made up of shale which imparts mineral characteristics, elegance and opulence to the wine. Magenca translates from Catalonian as the technique of 'covering rootstocks with earth'.

Each parcel was picked at its optimum maturity and vinified separately. The grapes were destemmed and underwent a cool pre-fermentation maceration. Traditional vinification techniques were used with the aim of revealing the typicity of the old vines. Fermentation took place with selected yeasts, pumping over, punching down of the cap and rack and returns taking place to extract the aromas, flavours and colour. Warm post-fermentation maceration took place, which favours the extraction of the silkiest tannins. Maturation lasted for 18 months in seasoned French oak barrels.

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Vintage 2018
Alcoholic strength 14%
Country France
Region Languedoc-Roussillon
Subregion Collioure
Grapes Grenache Noir 60%, Mourvèdre 30%, Carignan 10%
Body C
Contains sulphites Yes
Vegetarian Yes
Vegan Yes
Milk No
Eggs No
Organic No
Biodynamic No
Closure Cork
Domaine Madeloc

Domaine Madeloc is situated in the stunning appellation of Banyuls sur Mer, in the French Roussillon region, which borders onto Catalonia. Winemaker Pierre Gaillard grew up in vineyards, at the age of 12 he was found ploughing the family vineyard by horse. Naturally, he followed his love of farming and viticulture and went onto study oenology in Montpellier. Upon graduating, he became the vineyard manager for Guigal and in 1981, he set out on his own buying his first parcels of land in the Rhône Valley. However it was Pierre’s passion for the schist soils and slopes that drove him to the Catalan country and in 2002, Pierre purchased Domaine Madeloc. In 2009, Pierre’s daughter Elise joined in him at the Domaine, which now covers 18.5 hectares of mountain and coastal vines. Together they produce clear, precise and fruit-forward wines from the estate’s dramatic slopes that overlook the Mediterranean Sea.

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