This is a red fruit and flower delight, with a gentle body and still-bright acidity despite its warm growing region. Jean-François Nicq of Les Foulards Rouge who works nine hectares of vines overlooking the seaside village of Coullioure in southern France's Roussillon.
Vinification: 100% Cinsault (the hard-working, often-blended and rose-expressed grape gets the spotlight here) hand-harvested from 80 year-old vines grown in decomposed sandy granite soils. The grapes are fermented whole-cluster at low temperatures in a sealed tank - carbonically macerated - over the course of seven days. The must is then pressed and both the free run juice and the press juice are blended prior to a short élevage of 6 months in tank before being bottled unfined, unfiltered, with no additional SO2.