Mont de Marie "Anatheme" Rouge 2020
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Thierry Forestier was making much more conventional wines before 2017. But then he sold some grapes to Eric Pfifferling of l’Anglore fame, and was totally blown away by the wine that Pfifferling made from his fruit. He was so inspired that he changed everything about his winemaking and his cellar practics. He was already doing excellent organic work in his beautiful hillside vineyards surrounded by oaks and boxwoods. Now he is completely natural in the cellar, too.
The “Anathème” is a field blend of Aramon, Grenache, Cinsault, and Carignan fermented whole cluster in concrete. Boysenberry, cherry, and grassy freshness. It’s a lifted, lively wine that has elements fighting with each other in a good way. Nice spicy tannins and earth complement the fruit and help this cut through richer fare like roast chicken. [Jonathan Kemp, February 2022]