Situated in Badens, a few kilometres from Carcassonne, the vineyards of Domaine Cros sit on the poorest of poor shallow stony soils that are so stark and inhospitable in certain places that only the vine and the olive tree can scratch an existence. Pierre Cros, an ex-rugby player, located in the Minervois appellation, Languedoc, is known in the community for his winemaking skills. Although Pierre Cros is not a traditional winemaker, as Cros did not learn Oenology from school, he picked up the skills from observing his family, who owned a few vineyards. Extending over 50 hectares, Domaine Cros is known as the King of concentration – so, unsurprisingly, his wines are full-bodied and entirely superb! The love of this arid terroir, where the drought seems more extreme than elsewhere, has induced Pierre Cros to preserve several ancient parcels of Aramon (planted in 1930), Piquepoul Noir (1910), Alicante (1927) and Carignan (1910) alongside the more classic “noble” (parvenu) varieties of Syrah, Grenache and Mourvèdre. Monsieur Cros is a experimental wine genius continually pushing the boundaries with a wine making savoir faire. His wines certainly live to the Languedoc motto “where creativity meets diversity”.
Deep violet with intense ruby glints. The bouquet shows caramel, hazelnut, blueberry, coffee, blackberries, chocolate, baking spices, cedar, leather, cigar box, dark fruit, violet, musk and hickory, more secondary and tertiary aromas. The palate is fruit forward with blueberry, blackberry, black pepper, chocolate and coffee notes. Long on a dry finish.