2012 Le Cigare Volant 5L
Red Wine of the Earth, in a stunning 5L presentation
This is a wine from an extremely cool and elegant vintage, and by all experience, should be a great prospect for development.
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The '12 was a stellar Cigare vintage for us, if slightly atypical in that Mourvèdre is the dominant player in the blend, and really carries the spirit of this wine. This Cigare captures the ultra-umami, meaty savoriness of Mourvèdre at its best—and a small crop of perfectly ripened 100+ year, ungrafted, old vines did just that. The wine resolves the paradox of how a wine can be both rustic and extremely elegant at the same time: Blackberry leaf, blackberry, cassis, cola nut and of course the storied, savory garrigue.
A beautiful wine-dark, mulberry color, and a first nose of dark, cool loamy earth with suggestions of raspberries, Damson plums and cherry/chocolate. On the palate, it is sleek and racy with a lively acidity, very soft tannins and great persistence. This is a wine from an extremely cool and elegant vintage, and by all experience, should be a great prospect for very long ageing and development.
Grenache adds rich black fruit flavors and a discreet spiciness. Syrah is principally sourced from Bien Nacido vineyard in Santa Maria Valley, which produces the closest analogue we have found to a Northern Rhône Syrah—tannic and meaty in the lower registers; peppery, fruitful and delicately floral in the top, all the while showing great balance and harmony. A select group of non-irrigated, centenarian Contra Costa vineyards continues to provide Mourvèdre for Cigare. A touch of Cinsault provides a very particular fragrance of flowers and aromatic herbs.