Carignan and Grenache. The smallest vineyard at Domaine Anne Gros & Jean-Paul Tollot is also the most prized, and rightly so. Les Carrétals is the one Anne refers to as her little Richebourg, with a pure limestone soil structure and centenarian vines. This wine is a celebration of Carignan, with a cut of Grenache serving as a necessity to lighten up the concentrated, brooding fruit of those old vines. While its by no means a Burgundian wine, Les Carrétals has the most elegance. On the nose it recalls both black raspberry and dark currants, cinnamon, roses and petrichor (rainstorm). Medium bodied with citric-like acidity, and tons of minerality, black cherry and watermelon on the finish, the wine is comparatively mellow with smooth tannins and an approachability that anyone can appreciate. As it opens up, more savory tones emerge.
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