A wine of great depth and delicacy, with a complex nose and notes of black fruit... A palate that’s rich, yet not overly effusive, and marked by its finesse. A wine in perfect balance, with lots of freshness, almost Burgundian in style. Cellar it and forget about it for a few years.
Cyril Fhal launched his 5-hectare estate in 2002 in Latour-de-France, just 5 km from Calce, home to numerous renowned winemakers. The young Parisian, his viticulture/oenology diploma in hand, had been on the look out for parcels in the region when he stumbled upon these old vines – between 50 and 100 years old – which no one wanted to work, because they were planted on steep slopes unsuitable for mechanised farming. A veritable godsend for this young winemaker with an eye for quality and nose for opportunity. Thanks to this living heritage, today Cyril makes some of the finest wines in France. In the vineyard, the estate is cultivated biodynamically, with ultra-low yields of 15 to 20 hl/ha. In the winery, he vinifies without additives, and little sulphur. Cyril uses gravity in place of pumps in the cellar, to ensure his juice is handled as gently as possible. You may not even have heard of this vigneron, it’s because his cuvées rank among the most rare, racy, subtle, and elegant in France.
A wine boasting a bouquet of wild aromatics, balanced by a great deal of freshness. On the palate: silky, well-blended tannins, with lovely length. It’s already good, but too young. You won’t have 50 chances to taste it, so best to put this in your cellar and be patient.
This is fruity, taut, fresh and intense juice with notes of white fruit and quince... Palate: there’s a lot of gas on opening, best to enjoy this among natural wine purists. The finish is elegant, saline and mineral. Marvellous for cellaring, Cyril’s wines require time and patience.
A fresh nose with notes of flowers, rose, small red berries, and the exotic aromatics of Muscat. On the palate, the profile is almost that of a white wine, with elegant structure and beautiful length. This cuvée, in its first vintage, has definitely passed the test!
A wine of incredible finesse, with an ultra-floral nose and a velvety palate... Decidedly one of the most beautiful wines produced at the estate, or in all of Roussillon for that matter. If you manage to lay this down for a few years, you will be well rewarded.
A luminous wine, with notes of cherry, cherry stone, and pepper… On the palate: fresh, huge structure, it’s already good, but too young. You won’t have 50 chances to taste it, so best to put this in your cellar and be patient.
A powerful nose, driven by fruit aromas with notes of blackberry, blackcurrant, and tonka beans... Palate: a velvety wine, suave, with well-blended tannins, and a long, lovely finish. A pure juice and a pure delight... Wonderful ageing potential.
A rare wine... rich and elegant. Palate: this is some intense juice – fresh, crisp, complex, and sensual, with great length on the palate. Like with Cyril’s other wines, you won’t get 50 chances to taste it, so try to be patient: put it in your cellar and forget about it.