Domaine Sainte-Eugenie AOC Corbieres 2010
Domaine Sainte Eugenie, established in 1906, is positioned within the district of Fontfroide (the sweet spot of Corbieres). In 2001, the estate was purchased by three businessmen, Herve Gantier, Jose Ratero, and Patric Rignoli, who were looking for a virgin territory with a huge wine-diversity potential. Domaine Sainte Eugenie's vineyards span 112 acres extending across roughly one third of the Aude department, which is home to seven AOC appellations where clay and chalk soils dominate. The dry, sunny, and warm Mediterranean climate creates an optimal growing environment, endowing the vines with long growing cycles. In addition, the dry, healthy wind from the north, which makes its presence felt the whole year round, explains why the Corbieres vineyards require so little pesticide treatment and gives the wines an authentic, rich, delicious, and well-balanced character.
40% Carignan (Old Vines), 30% Grenache, 30% Syrah. Rich, dark purple color. In the nose and mouth, an array of fresh red berries, especially cherry and raspberry, with hints of flowers, spice, and orange zest. Full-bodied with rich, round tannins. Wonderfully complex and balanced, with a satiny texture. Pair with barbecued, braised, or roast beef, duck or lamb, pheasant, grouse, partridge, or flavorful cheese.