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 2016 has the glass-coating color of super ripe blackberries, nearly opaque at the center, with flashes of magenta at the edge. Warm blackberries, ripe Bing cherries, and melting dark chocolate move in and out of the foreground, alternating with fleeting suggestions of cardamom, dried rosemary, crushed violets, and Kalamata olives (!) as the nose evolves in the glass.
On the palate, the wine is juicy and opulent, with a deep core of sweet black fruit, fine elegant tannins and great persistence; the flavors ranging from ripe black currents with nutmeg through warm blueberries and dark roasted coffee, all judiciously seasoned with freshly ground black pepper and aged teas. This is another tremendous achievement (possibly the most complex Segna de Cor to date), made by a sensitive young woman with school-aged children, who is grateful for her vineyards’ modest gift of one glass of wine from each of her ancient vines.
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).