Located along the Mediterranean between Spain and France the Languedoc-Roussillon appellation is the largest and most prolific wine –growing region in France. With its hot, Spanish-like climate and expressive black shist, gneiss and granite soils, Roussillon wines tend to be powerful, spicy and complex. I have found that these wines can be a tremendous value so I was enthusiastic to give Thunevin-Calvet Cuvée Constance 2008 a pour. In 2001 innovative, Bordeaux “garage winemaker” Jean-Luc Thunevin teamed up with Jean-Roger Calvert a local winemaker noted for his Grenache and carignan success to produce Cuvée Constance. Named after Calvet’s daughter, the grapes are sourced from only a few hectares of old vine vineyards located on black schist soil in Côtes du Roussillon, the sunniest area of France.
Dark raspberry-garnet in colour, aromas of blackberry, plum and spicy ginger radiated from the glass. Aged in concrete tanks to preserve fruit purity, concentrated black cherry, black current and raspberry flavours were underscored by deep earthy notes in the full body. Spicy black pepper and ginger joined sweet raisin and bitter dark chocolate elements in the lengthy finish. Well balanced, this is a velvety, desert-like glass that empties rather swiftly.
50% Grenache, 50% Carignan
Côtes du Roussillon Villages
Bottled for Sarl Calvet Thunevin CIE Negociant
Rated 90 points by the Wine Advocate