Appellation: Vin de France.
Cuvée: Contre-Attaque.
Colour: Red.
Grapes: Mourvèdre 80%, Carignan 20%.
About: FX Dauré’s first red, typical of his style all about freshness and lightness – although he generously admits to slightly over-dosing the sulfites, that’s to say adding more than he wished and intended, as a result of mis-reading the analysis. Such things happen easily and especially for a first vintage. The wine is still delicious. The name means “strikes back”. The Domaine name can also be read “The Empire”…

Vines

Location: just south of Espira in the Roussillon.
Size: 0.8 hectare.
Age: Mourvèdre planted in 2006, Carignan in 1959.
Soils: clay-limestone.
Exposition: east-west for Mourvèdre, north-south for Carignan.
Altitude: 35 m.
Training: although everything was planted in gobelet, much was re-trained to cordon de royat on wire in the 1980’s for the “convenience” of the worker, rather than the health of vine and fruit.
Farming: organic, as above.
Average yield hl/ha: Mourvèdre 45 hl/ha, Carignan 10 hl/ha.

Winemaking

Made by whole bunch carbonic maceration with 6 days on skins in fibreglass. Natural yeasts, some added sulfites. Mourvèdre matured 6 months in inox, Carignan in one old barrique.

Vintage notes 2017

Yield hl/ha: 10.
Harvested: picked mid August.
Bottles produced: 1,000.
Date bottled: 2018-03.
Alcohol %: 12.
SO2 Total: 70.
Tasting: The fruit is cool and clear, full of juicy blackberry and raspberry character, with a touch of white pepper and gentle tannins.