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2007 Domaine la Tour Vieille, La Pinede, Collioure


Domaine la Tour Vieille, Image from Dme. la Tour Vieille

Domaine la Tour Vieille began when Vincent Cantie and Christine Campadieu joined their two small family domaines in Collioure and Banyuls.  The estate is comprised of 32 acres of vineyards located on steep terraced hills with stone walls for erosion control.  The land and grapes are worked by hand.

La Pinede, Image from Dme. la Tour Vieille

The cuvee La Pinede is named after the vineyard where the grapes are sourced.  It is a blend of 75% Grenache and 25% Carignan. The Grenache vines are 30-40 years old and the Carignan vines are 40 years old.  Some vines from the La Tourette parcel are more than 50 years old. The vineyards consist of hard schist with a thin layer of ground. The harvest takes place during the first half of September with the Grenache picked first. The grapes are macerated for three weeks in stainless steel and the wine is aged for 12-18 months in large used oak barrels.  Approximately 1250 cases per year are produced.

2010 Harvest, note stone walls for water control, Image from Dme. la Tour Vieille

This wine is imported by Kermit Lynch. I bought this bottle during my recent trip to Soul Wine. Normally $22, I purchased it during the 15% off Happy Hour.  This is a very good value at $18.70.   I recommend this wine not only as something good to drink but as an excellent introduction to the red wines of Collioure.

2007 Domaine la Tour Vieille, La Pinede, Collioure
This wine is more modern in style than Domaine du Mas Blanc but it is still rustic.  There are ripe, structured flavors of red and blue fruits.   These savory flavors take on an inky quality with a perfumed finish, and a spicy aftertaste.  This wine will appeal to many is a great value.  After one hour of air it is lovely to drink.  *** Now-2015.

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  1. January 23, 2012 at 4:35 pm

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