Manuel Jorel’s first Rancio sec was the result of the scorching 2003 vintage and amongst the most unique in the Sotolon Selections portfolio. His small parcel of Macabeu grapes began to shrivel on the vine; he picked the grapes and set about making an "orange wine" with them, leaving the emerging wine on the skins for 28 days. It began to oxidize and he feared the wine lost, but with the advice of an old-timer, he racked the wine into old Rivesaltes casks in the corner of his second cellar (which then doubled as a garage, or garrique).
Over the next 10 years, the wine lay sous voile under a vigorous ‘wax-and-wane’ flor, resulting in its inimitable character, with smoky, saline notes and complex umami flavors married to the wine’s riotous acidity. Utterly distinctive, "La Garrique" is ideal with anchovies, mackerel and fried seafood; with hard cheeses and roasted nuts; and of course with traditional tapas. It should be served lightly chilled or at cellar temperature.
Manuel Jorel established his tiny domain in 2000 on the western edge of the upper Agly Valley in Roussillon. He began with the purchase of a few parcels of very old-vine Macabeu in Maury and has slowly expanded his holdings to include old-vine Grenache and Carignan, as well as Mourvèdre, Malvosie (Tourbat) and Muscat de Alexandria in neighboring Lesquerde. The vineyards now stand at just seven hectares; everything is done "by hand." Jorel vinifies the wine in the converted cellars below his adoptive home, a former grocer’s shop down the narrow Rue Arago in Saint-Paul-de Fenouillet, west of Maury. While the thoughtful and humble Jorel eschews such terms, production is "organic" and farmed with the belief that minimal inputs, both in the vineyard and in the cellar, result in the highest-quality wines. His 2003 "La Garrique" Rancio sec is a testament to that approach.
About Côtes Catalanes IGPOne of the most dynamic IGPs in the greater Languedoc-Roussillon wine region, the Côtes Catalanes IGP encompasses nearly all of the Pyrénées-Orientales administrative départment and most of its appellations: Côtes du Roussillon and Côtes du Roussillon-Villages; Grand Roussillon; Maury and Maury sec; Rivesaltes and Muscat de Rivesaltes. (The diminutive Banyuls and Collioure AOPs are covered by Côte Vermeille IGP.) The climate is Mediterranean, but the terroir itself is quite varied: dark schist, granite, gneiss and clay-limestone soils along its northern slopes; dry, garrigue-scented clay, sand and gravel on the plains around Perpignan. Temperatures, some of France’s most extreme, are moderated by maritime influence and the proximity of the snow-capped Pyrénées. The best hillside slopes cool considerably at night, retaining acidity and freshness in the grapes. Under the Côtes Catalanes IGP, independent vignerons and cooperatives produce mono-varietal expressions (e.g., Domaine Jorel Carignan ‘Male Care’) not currently endorsed under existing AOPs, as well as wines from international varieties (Chardonnay, Sauvignon blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon) that have increasingly found favor amongst some growers and cooperatives. Ironically, the region’s most traditional wine, Rancio Sec - unfortified and fully-oxidized - is also its rarest and falls under the auspices of the Côtes Catalanes (and Côte Vermeille) IGP.
|SKU||Vintage||Region||Origin||Desc||Cepage||% Alc||Size/Pack||Finish||BTL Barcode||Cs Barcode||Cs Wgt|
|HZ 6830/2003||2003||Côtes Catalanes||FR||Oxidative/Oxidized Wine; Dry||Maccabeo||16.0%||750/12||cork||3770005212025||N/A||15.60 kg|