The Grenache, Syrah, and Viognier are co-fermented in stainless steel, then blended with a tiny component of old-vines Carignan, and matured in used oak foudres for a full year before bottling. In the glass, the wine has a dark, almost blue-purple color. The nose unfolds with ripe blueberries, crushed amarena cherries, oriental lilies, and black tea, all delicately seasoned with nutmeg, vanilla, and a faint suggestion of black pepper. On the palate the wine is fresh and silky, with a spicy core of sweet black fruit, and cool graphite minerality (like a northern Rhône Syrah), all underpinned by the limestone-infused Viognier. It’s hard to believe that this sublimely elegant wine comes from so far south.