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.
Cyril Fhal launched his 5-hectare estate in 2002 in Latour-de-France, just 5 km from Calce, home to numerous renowned winemakers (Gauby, Matassa, Horizon, Pithon...). 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 in fact, but if we’re talking about him here, 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. And like the Jeunes Vignes cuvée, 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 wine boasting a bouquet of wild aromatics: garrigue, humus... On the palate: silky, well-blended tannins, balanced. And like the Jeunes Vignes cuvée, 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 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.
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.