Chante Cocotte 2015 - Pays d'Oc
Chante Cocotte is a 35-year-old Merlot with aromas of black fruits (blackcurrant, blackberry), cedar, eucalyptus, cade - a small tree very common in the Mediterranean region - and silky tannins. The grapes are harvested by hand and brought by gravity to the stainless steel vat room; after 25 days of vatting, they are blended with 5 to 10% Grenache Noir, depending on the year, and then the whole is aged for 18 to 24 months in French oak barrels of one to three wines.
Régis Franc, who is also a comic book author and filmmaker, bought a small piece of land in 2007 at the foot of the Alaric mountain, southeast of Carcassonne in the Corbières. There, there is a farmhouse in poor condition built in 1783 and a closed surrounding 2.6 hectares of vines centenarians. The vineyard is poorly maintained but its location (sheltered by the mountains from the prevailing northeast wind that dries out the vegetation, and close to a spring that provides coolness) protects it from water stress. The work of restoration lasts 3 years. The first harvest (a few rows of vines, just to see) takes place in September 2010. Chante Cocotte was born.
"If Mr. Bernard works wonders in the cellar, it is perhaps because he always says when he enters the barrel cellar: "Hello, little ones, daddy's here...". And if every year, in the coldest part of winter, Mr Robert is the only figure leaning over the earth for miles around, if he is up at daybreak in the middle of summer to go and caress the foliage, it is because our vineyard manager Mr Robert takes as much pleasure as we do in leading these vines that give this unique wine that is Chante Cocotte... "
- Pays d'Oc
- 95 % merlot, 5 % grenache noir