This is mostly Grenache from bush vines about 50 years old, planted over the granite and schist soils of the Banyuls 300 metres above sea level.
Like at Clos du Rouge Gorge the grapes were fermented as whole bunches in cuve for around a month then pressed and fed by gravity into old foudres. This vintage Hiro has extended elevage from 6 to 12 months which has rendered a fabulous wine in every sense.
It is a mountain wine - subtle and perfumed black fruit, flowers, graphite and minerals lead into a palate that is a lace and wonder, they have only made three vintages, this is clearly the best so far.
- Andrew Guarde