altum, i, n.v.
I. High in the sky, height.
III. On the high seas.
Grape variety: 95% Mourvèdre, 5% Cinsault
Terroir: The cuvee Altum comes from the highest part of Canadel’s Vineyard at 250 meters high, facing the Mediterranean sea. The soil is made of very deep clay, with calcareous rocks. At this altitude, with deep soils and a gently windy climate, the Mourvèdre gives its best, between strength and elegance.
Yield: 35hl/ha Average age of vines: 40 years old
Vintage: After a very rainy winter that allowed the soils to recharge in water, the spring was cool and very dry, therefore the vines grew in great and healthy conditions. In June, very high temperatures lead to heavy thunderstorms which were helpful to the vines. The summer was dry and hot, which accelerated the grapes maturity. The harvest started the 31st of August and lasted to the 22th of September.
Vinification: The grapes are hand-harvested and sorted in the vineyard. They are then sorted again at the cellar before being de-stemmed. The fermentation lasts 20 days in concrete tanks, with smooth pumping over each day. The wines are aged 18 months in oak tank of 30 hl.
Taste: Deep and strong nose with aromas of black and red fruits, scrubland and brioche-flavoured notes. The taste has a great and complete structure with sappy and thightened tannins, a beautiful width, and a very good length with a minty aftertaste.
Ageing potential: 15 to 20 years
Food pairings: Wild boar stew, Duck breast, Leg of lamb