The “Rock of the Angels” is an outcropping of white quartzite running through friable dark schist, which is the source of the old-vine Carignan in this wonderful plush wine. Half of the vines were planted more than eighty years ago.
In the glass, the Segna de Cor has a soft-edged, purple-red color, with flashes of magenta just at the edge. Aromas of warm blackberries and piney rosemary move in and out of the foreground, alternating with fleeting suggestions of roasted coffee beans, crushed violets, and bay leaf as the nose evolves in the glass.
On the palate, the wine is juicy and elegant, with a deep core of mineral saturated sweet black fruit, fine silky tannins and great persistence; the flavors ranging from ripe red plums and black cherry skin through blackberry jam and juicy raspberries, all judiciously seasoned with cracked black pepper, freshly shaved nutmeg, and red berry acidity. Drink now–2025.
About this wine producer: When Marjorie Gallet established her Domaine Le Roc des Anges in 2001, she was a twenty-three-year-old agricultural engineering graduate of Montpellier SupAgro (where she met her enologist husband, Stéphane), and had just completed an internship with Gérard Gauby, then the most famous producer in the Roussillon. But she hadn’t been born in a family with vines, so her story is one of fresh eyes on a treasure taken for granted and abandoned by others, and of her unlimited capacity for hard work. In 2008, Marjorie was joined by her husband Stéphane, who had spent the previous ten years making wine at Domaine du Mas Amiel in nearby Maury. Today their estate is certified Biodynamic, with most of the treatments, including Maria Thun compost in autumn and Préparation 500 in the spring, applied with the aid of a horse, and despite the critical acclaim (Parker, Tanzer, Decanter), Marjorie and Stéphane continue to work 14 hour days (and still carve out as much time as they can for their two young sons Nathan and Arthur).
I could drink this every day. Drinks like a $50 bottle of wine.