La Peira 'Les Obriers' 2017

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Obriers is La Pèira’s third (or entry level) wine. It is made from two traditionally despised grape varieties of Southern France: Cinsault and Carignan. That was the case when we start bottling the Cuvee, now they’re almost highly fashionable. The two stalwart varieties were used to make vin ordinaire (ordinary wine) that was a daily drink for many in the region and in France. Our wish from the start was to do something extraordinary with the two cepages by farming well and harvesting by hand. The plots that make up this wine are from the Estate’s Belle Fiolle (Bellefeuille) and Les Points lieu-dits.

"Made under the brilliant consulting work of Claude Gros, who, along with American broker Jeffrey Davies, brought Chateau de Negly into the limelight, La Peira’s least expensive cuvée is a blend of 65% Cinsault and 35% Carignan aged in concrete tanks and neutral wood foudres. Yields were very low and the wine is bottled unfined and unfiltered. Gorgeous blueberry, blackberry and raspberry notes jump from the glass of this elegant, pure, medium-bodied wine that has exceptional fragrance at this price point, excellent concentration and nice texture and overall equilibrium. This is a beauty that’s quite Burgundian in style and very pure. Drink it over the next 2-3 years."
— 91 Points, Jeb Dunnuck