Cuvée Privilège is the estate's reserve blend of Carignan, Grenache, Mourvèdre, and Syrah. Jean- Marie Fabre calls this the twin brother of the Tradition, with the "privilege" of aging in oak barriques (up to 4 yrs old) for 8-15 months, depending on vintage. In cellar, the tannins becoming more supple and round, and aromatic character flourishes as the palate matures. Side-by-side in a strict blind tasting, few would recognize the shared origins of the Tradition and the Privilège.
'For more than 30 years, in Fitou, the Domaine de la Rochelierre has applied the Cousinié method on its 15 hectares of vines. This consists of using only organic materials and raw minerals in "respect of the living," thereby demanding considerable soil work including more than 10 ploughs a year, forcing the roots deep and making the plant less susceptible to fluctuations in temperature and hydrometry. The Fabre family harvests the fruit of their work by hand at the ideal moment of maturity to ensure a most interesting balance. This Fitou has a beautiful deep garnet dress with purplish reflections. The nose offers great aromatic finesse, with black fruits, sweet spices, liquorice and vanilla. In the mouth, the wine is quite powerful, with the large, generous palate revealing soft tannins. Scents of very ripe fruits, spices (liquorice, vanilla), and quite foward notes of garrigue (like thyme, juniper, rosemary and lavender), along with a slight grace note of menthol. Powerful fruit infused with oak, a real treat! Serve with roasted red meats, sauce-driven entrées... also spicy dishes and soft cheeses.
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