Another new estate in Roussillon, in Ille sur Tet, within Côtes du Roussillon Caramany. I talked to Caty Dhoine Paetzold; she is Belgian and her husband comes from Germany. They made their first wine, just 1000 bottles in 2006 and have 20 hectares. Caty admitted that their yields are miniscule, 15 hl/ha. And their vines range in age from 25 to 102 years old.
We began with a rosé, 2010 Libertine – 11€ - made from Carignan, from grapes that are pressed. Pale orange pink colour. Very ripe and vinous. Quite a heavy food rosé. And quite mouth filling.
2008 Côtes du Roussillon Villages, Dynamique 11€ A blend of 60 % Syrah with Carignan. Made in vat. Medium colour. Quite ripe nose, with some warm spicy fruit on the palate. Balanced with some ripe leathery notes. Warm and supple, with notes of the garrigues on the finish. A lovely glass of wine.
2007 Côtes du Roussillon Villages Généreux– 17€
A blend of Syrah, Grenache and Carignan- about one third each, which spends 12 months in wood. Their first real vintage. I liked this less, the palate was quite solid and firm. I felt it was work in progress.
I much preferred 2007 Elégant, a pure Carignan It spent twelve months in oak, but from 2008, there was no more oak. Quite ripe and solid on the nose. A rounded palate; the oak was well integrated, with some ripe spicy fruit. Good body.
2009 Pain d’Oiseau Côtes Catalanes. Carignan blanc from vines that are between 60 and 120 years old. Élevage in vat. Quite rounded, ripe and textured. Almost nutty with ripe fruit. Very satisfying.
Again a new estate with considerable potential.