The wine has a deep, dense colour with a garnet tint. The nose reveals a wide array of aromas, opening on intense black fruit such as blackberry and bilberry together with herby garrigue notes, then developing touches of mild spice and liquorice. The dense and concentrated attack gives way to a well-integrated and succulent mid-palate underpinned by refined, silky tannins, with balsamic, chocolate and liquorice notes contributing to the overall harmony. The finish is fresh and harmonious on a range of black fruit and incense flavours which linger long on the palate.
Grape variety Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Syrah, Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon
Terroir Domaine de Baronarques is located in Languedoc, in the commune of Saint-Polycarpe, near Limoux. The Domaine is a single 110-hectare (272-acre) estate, 43 hectares (106 acres) of which are planted with vines.
Climate Located 400 km from the Atlantic Ocean and 100 km from the Mediterranean, the vineyard is subject to the climatic influence of both water masses, ensuring optimum sunshine and balanced rainfall. Also close to the Pyrenees, the parcels are at an altitude of 250 to 350 metres, tempering the summer heat.
Geology The soil is mainly clay and limestone, except for a few parcels where there is more gravel and sand.
Harvest The grapes are sorted above the vat room and thus fed into the vats by gravity, a process which helps to keep the fruit whole.
Vinification The grapes are gently destemmed and lightly crushed, then fermented in stainless steel vats.
Alcoholic fermentation lasts about eight days at a maximum temperature of 30° C. It is followed by a maceration period lasting two to four weeks depending on the wines and the grape varieties.
Aging After malolactic fermentation, the premium red wine is matured for 12 months in oak barrels, either new (25-50% depending on the vintage) or one to three years old.
Residual sugar 170g
The World of Fine Wine 2019 90 Points!
Wine Spectator 2018 92 Points!
Wine Advocate 2018 91 Points!
Decanter 2018 90 Points, Silver Medal!
Guide Bettane+Desseauve 2018 16/20 Points!
Wine Advocate 2017 91 - 94 Points!
James Suckling 94 Points!