Originally from the Champagne region, the parents of young Caroline Bonville moved to Bordeaux in 1974; Caroline received her master’s Degree in Enology and Viticulture from the Université de Bordeaux in 1993 then went abroad for work, in Walla Walla, Washington. Here, she trained as a wine maker and worked at Château Ste. Michelle; she was then poached to South Africa where she landed a wine making job. Poached yet again, she landed this time in Saint-Emilion. Finally, when a close friend bought land in Roussillon – and Caroline visited – it became instantly clear to her that she would move here permanently and make the wine she’d always dreamed of.
40 year old vines: Carignan, Grenache, Syrah on a 6 hectare parcel. Frighteningly low yields, just 9,000 bottles produced per year. Aged for 15 months in French oak of which 1/3 is new. Borderline syrupy, this wine will raise eyebrows. Puts “blockbuster” Aussie & Napa reds to shame. Big bold juicy red and blackberry fruits dominate the nose with a touch of oak character coming through. Robust in the mouth with lots of juicy tannin and big fruit driven flavours of blackberry and plum with an oaky nuance a wine that will leave you begging for more and absolute delight, a true hidden treasure!! Great with grilled and bbq red meats, strong cheeses and dark chocolate.
Mas Karolina Cotes Du Roussillon Villages 2008
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