Domaine Thierry Navarre 'Vin d'Oeillades' 2022
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Press 4 Red • September 2023 Direct Press Selection
Highlighting ancient, local cultivars has been the focus of the Navarre family for three generations. Thierry Navarre, who took over in 1988, manages the 12 hectare farm in Saint-Chinian and became one of the first natural winemakers in the region. His beautiful garden-like vineyards are way up in the mountains on brown schist, different from the more typical Saint-Chinian wines that are on clay and limestone at lower elevation. Thierry's wines end up being lighter, fresher examples of the region.
This one is a rare example of a nearly extinct variety, Oeillades, a genetic cousin of Cinsault that is not recognized by the Saint-Chinian appellation. It's the perfect “gourmand” wine: snappy and fresh pomegranate and lavender aromas, with medium body, soft tannins and low alcohol. Give a light chill and serve up with cured meats or grilled things. Bruno Sant'Anna