Têtu Grenache, Languedoc-Roussillon, France, 2015 (80 year old vines)
Overview of the Wine
Têtu was born of a shared devotion to Maury’s old-vine Grenache and is a collaboration between Richard Case and American distributer Kimberly Jones. Working alongside local growers they were able to select from the area's finest vineyards. Vines of over 60 years of age cling low to the poorest of black schist soils naturally producing very low yields. The resulting wines display all the depth, minerality and black fruit that typify this small but very special place.
The Catalan donkey or Ruc Catalá is on the label to reminds one of the stubborn, determined old vines that persevere in these toughest of soils and harshest of climates - delivering wines of unique style and expression.
Grape / Blend
Hailing from the southwest of France right on the Catalan border, this Cotes Catalan Grenache is truly unique (to its varietal & region). The rocky soil & old vines on windswept hills, give this Grenache a savory quality thats unique the region. Deep flavors of umami, soy sauce & dark chocolate are present on the nose, the wine has firm tannins, subtle red berries, & hints of that same savoriness on the palate.
91 - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Made by Richard Case, who's the genius behind the Department 66 wines, the 2015 Cotes Catalanes Tetu is close to 100% Grenache and from a top selection of vineyards owned by the co-op in Maury. There's roughly 7,000 cases of this beauty and it offers loads of sweet red fruits, (strawberries, cherries), pepper, iris and exotic spices in a medium to full-bodied, supple and sexy style that's about as drinkable as they come. Count me as a fan and it's a terrific value