Vinsobres Les Hauts De Julien 2017
This Les Hautes de Julien is a parcel selection of the oldest vines from the normal Vinsobres "Les Cornuds". Vinsobres is very high, the vineyards are at 350 meters. Only here is the Syrah like in the North Rhone. 70% Syrah, 30% Grenache. The Syrah is not destemmed, but brought into the open wooden fermentation stand as a whole cluster. On top of that, the completely de-stemmed Grenache is packed as berries. The Syrah grows here in Vinsobres probably the best of all appeals in the south. Only here in Vinsobres does Syrah bring freshness and not, as so often in the south, a clumsy orientation. After the spontaneous fermentation, the expansion takes place on the full yeast in wooden fudges and tonneau, and also to a small extent in barriques, sometimes even new. The Les Hautes de Julien naturally goes in the direction of a Hermitage with this high Syrah portion and a small portion of new wood. The subsoil here is complete limestone rock, with a moderate layer of clay above it. There is no sand here. Limestone also stands for elegance. The Les Hautes de Julien from these ancient vines has been one of the best for a few years now, which is produced from the peripheral appellations of the southern Rhone. There have been great wines for two years, and even the ripe 2017 doesn't disappoint in the nose. On the contrary. We have a rich violet nose underlaid with sloe and spicy, red cherry. Lilac and licorice. Finest limestone dead, salt. A very light hint of orange zest, rose hips underneath, and then this sloe rolls up again. The whole thing is woven with a little orange fruit. Fresh, deep and above all full-bodied fruit. The mouth entry is almost explosive. I can only repeat what I said last and last year. I love this Vinsobres from the ancient vines and the high altitude, because it is from these high altitudes that it brings such incredible freshness with high density. The red fruit is almost explosive, so immense, so dense. Sloe and cherry, red currant are added. A wonderful, Provencal herb flavor on coriander, tarragon. The whole thing is lined with fine salt, a hint of kumquat, lemongrass. A salty mineral sharpness at the end. But it simply remains a fruity marvel of great length. This wine may not quite have the boom that the best ever and long-time cellar user had in 2016. But 2016 was simply the year of the year not only on the Rhone, but also in many other regions of the world. The tannin mass was higher in 2016, 2017 is silky, rich and velvety, finer too, but very ripe. And still very fresh due to the cool nights. Small yield as everywhere, but that brings great concentration and excitement. It is not far from 2016, but it has an even higher charm factor.