Domaine Ledogar La Mariole by Xavier 2020
A delicious bottling made up of 50% Carignan and 50% Marselan. The majority of the Carignan comes from the Domaine’s old goblet vines planted between 1880 and 1910, now well over 100 years old on a mixture of sandstone & clay limestone along with a few younger plantings within the Corbieres Boutenac AOP.
Originally the wine was 100% made from Carignan from La Mariole, the actual vineyard name itself however due to the incredibly low yields offered by these old Carignan vines Domaine Ledogar started blending with Marselan which is grown in a differing vineyard and younger Carignan.
The name La Mariole means ’the Jester’. Named because the slope this vineyard is planted on is very, very windy and apparently the local growers always say that working this slop makes you ‘crazy’ due to this. Mariole is a slang word for crazy/jester.
Hand picked, destemmed, approximately 5 days fermentation on skins. No oak used in the elevage. The Carignan and Marselan are fermented seperately then blended after aging.
Corbieres AOP specifies that to be classified as such the wine must be blend of a minimum of 2 grape varietals from Carignan, Grenache, Mouvedre and Syrah hence La Mariole is labelled as a Vin de France due to it’s Carignan/Marselan cepage.
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