Oiseau Rebelle Roussillon CRBR VdN (370ml)
Region: Banyuls, Roussillon
Grapes: Grenache, Grenache Gris
If proof were needed that you don’t need to corrupt top quality juice with the addition of spirit to make the finest Banyuls, this extraordinarily good and naturally sweet (red) wine provides it. Super late harvested on 22nd November (with sugars indicating a potential alcohol of 26.5%!), destalked by hand, then foot trodden then slowly fermenting in a stainless steel vat with no sulphur added whatsoever. The vat was put outside in the early summer heat to mature and develop some almost Madeira-like notes. On the nose it has a mesmerising array of aromas – fig, pine needles, cigar-leaf, spice, menthol. Voluptuous sweet fig and prune fruits balanced by beautiful freshness and acidity, super ripe tannins and a sense of umami and saltiness on the finish. For drinking now to 2030.