D66 is the French Government’s abbreviation for the Departement of Pyrénées-Orientales, essentially the southern tip of France. It’s France’s hottest growing region, literally and figuratively—and it’s hell on these ancient Grenache, Syrah, and Carignan vines, with more in common with Priorat than Provence. This is a soft, gulpable Grenache that The Wine Advocate loved for its “downright sexy... terrific notes of blueberries, blackberries, violets and chalky minerality. Big, concentrated and textured.” Châteauneuf and Priorat lovers, this is fabulous!
A blend of 80% Grenache, 15% Syrah and a splash of Carignan, the 2014 Cotes Catalanes Grenache D66 IGP spent ten months in roughly 30% new barrels. This inky colored, downright sexy 2014 offers terrific notes of blueberries, blackberries, violets and chalky minerality. Big, concentrated and textured, yet still playing in the more elegant style of the 2014 vintage, this beauty will drink well for a decade.