Red Wine /// Cinsault // Southern Rhone / France
This personifies the approach of Atelier des Sources more than any wine they make. The wine is born from a love of Cinsault from the wine makers that is to say the least, unusual. Cinsault is of course on of the permitted varieties of Chateauneuf but is very much a bit player in it and the wines of the Rhone in general. A different strain is found in the wines of Priorat, and it has found moderate success in South Africa (somewhat ignominiously Cinsault is a parent to South Africa's Frankenstein variety Pinotage). Cinsault is fiull of red fruits and delicate flowers, with a slight tinge of bitterness. The crew made this wine and elevated it in stainless steel. If I remember correctly it was in an extraordinarily heavy bottle which really mismatched the light touch of the wine.
This time around, fanatical barrel selection led them to the uber-famous Domaine Pichat in Cote Rotie. This has led to an extra bit of heft in the wine without affecting it's elegance or its buzzy energy. This is an absolute cracker that goes down far too quick. STSWine