Immortelle is a wine that we designed to reflect the remarkable region from which it comes. Named after an indigenous flower that retains its structure and colour long after picking, Immortelle is a wine of outstanding quality, produced within the Roussillon, in the foothills of the Pyrénées.
Although the wine varies from vintage to vintage, dependent on conditions, Immortelle is a wine that always combines freshness and vitality, characteristics which stem from the soil and the climate.
The soil is granitic and poor. The climate is hard and extreme, combining the heat of the Southern sun with the cold and rain of the mountains at a height of between 350 and 600 metres, and the effects of the Tramontane wind.
The vineyard sites are primarily in Tautavel and Latour de France and are principally composed of extremely old vines, many over 100 years old, and planted with Carignan, Syrah, Mourvedre and Grenache Noir.
PETITE IMMORTELLE 2016, CÔTES DE ROUSSILLON VILLAGES
The vineyards are spread out on 40 hectares in the Agly Valley, 20 km north of Perpignan and have been planted and developed for four generations by the Bousquet family with three generations still involved.
Fermented in traditional concrete tanks with remontage (pump-over) to extract colour and tannin. The wine is bottled without oak to maintain its ripe, fruit driven nature.
Tasting Note: The focus of Petite Immortelle is fresh fruit and instant availability, inspired by the rustic country kitchen in the south of France. Scents of herbs and dark, brooding hedgerow fruits. Very well balanced and fresh in style, beautifully showcasing the land where it was grown.
Alcohol – 13.5%
Residual Sugar – 1g/l
Blend – 60 % Syrah + 20 % Greanche Noir + 10 % Mourvèdre + 10 % Carignan
IMMORTELLE 2017, CÔTES DE ROUSSILON VILLAGES
The vineyards are spread out on 40 hectares in the Agly Valley, 20 km north of Perpignan and have been planted and developed for four generations by the Bousquet family with three generations still involved; the grand-father, Franck, the father, and Benoit, the son.
The vineyard selections cover the four key terroirs of the region: Gneiss with the AOP Côtes du Roussillon Villages and Latour de France. Chalk and clay with the AOP Côtes du Roussillon Villages and Tautavel.
The winemaking is extremely simple; hand harvested grapes are fermented in open barrels, with a simple punch down of the cap, wetting, pressing, filling and stirring all done by hand. 18 months in oak in 500 litre French and Austrian Demi- Muids. The aim is to avoid power and aggression, instead looking for elegance and balance in the wine. Every vintage is different, so while our philosophy remains the same, the work in the winery is flexible and is adapted to suit each year. We are looking for wine that is both pleasurable to drink and reflects its origin.
Tasting Note: The nose is complex with spice and clove notes, the palate is fleshy and mouth-filling with attractive dark fruits, plum and cassis. Overall it has a minerality and fine supple structure that makes it a very interesting and compelling drink.
Alcohol – 15%
Residual Sugar – 1 g/l
Blend – 40 % Syrah + 40 % Mourvèdre + 20 % Greanche Noir + 10 % Carignan
IMMORTELLE, RIVESALTES GRENAT 2017
The traditional Vin Doux Naturel of the region, Rivelsalts Grenat was an ambition from the start, a dream of producing small quantities of an outstanding quality fortified red wine.
Immortelle Rivesaltes begins its ferment in an open top 500 litre barrel, and then is fortified 5 days into fermentation, arresting it and leaving the wine with a wonderful sense of sweetness from the unfermented grape juice and a spirity kick. Aged for 12 months before release.
Tasting Note: Deep red fruit flavours make this the perfect partner to chocolate desserts.
Alcohol – 18%
Residual Sugar – 65g/l
Blend – 100% Mourvedre