Domaine La Toupie, Cotes du Roussillon Villages, QuaTuor (rouge) 2017
Appellation: Cotes du Roussillon Villages
Varietal(s): 36% Grenache, 35% Syrah, 19% Carignan, 10% Mourvèdre
About The ProducerJerome Collas’s domaine is located in the heart of Catalan country. He selected the name “La Toupie” or “spinning top” for the family heirloom that was passed down through his family for multiple generations, and the balanced style of his wines.
Terroir & Vineyard Practices:This wine is made from a blend of two vineyards with contrasting climates: one south facing on the plain, the other facing north at 350m altitude. The soils are a combination of black schist and Mediterranean limestone. Yields are kept low (28hl/ha). The Grenache and Carignan came from old-vines.
Tasting NotesBeautiful aromas of black fruits with a smooth and elegant lingering flavor. Tight tannins. The finale is fresh without the heaviness. Perfect for barbecues, prosciutto, red meats, and some cheeses. Drink in 3 to 5 years.
VinificationThe name is chosen because, like a musical quartet, it's a composition of four grapes: Syrah, Grenache, Carignan, Mourvèdre. Like music, Jérôme strives for a harmonious composition. Cold settling for two days and then fermentation in tanks with controlled temperature (25°C°), more than 20 days maceration. Extractions are carried out by pumping-over. One part of Syrah aged in casks, the remaining nine months in vat. Bottled at the beginning of the Summer.
- 92 points - Wine Advocate: "The 2017 Quatuor is a blend of 36% Grenache, 35% Syrah, 19% Carignan and 10% Mourvèdre; one-third was aged in (primarily) older oak. It's juicy and fresh, with raspberries and black cherries joined by riper, richer, chocolaty bass notes to create a complex ensemble. Full-bodied, creamy and rich, it finishes long and velvety. Drink 2019-2025."- Joe Czerwinski, Wine Advocate