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2019 Jérôme Jouret 'L'Accroche Cœur' Merlot Syrah
L'Accroche Cœur is 70% Merlot, 30% Syrah from 35yo vines planted on chalky limestone - clay soils. Organically farmed (vineyard is organic since inception), then hand harvested, the Syrah was direct pressed into tank, while the Merlot was destemmed and macerated in the Syrah juice before being pressed. 6 months in concrete tanks then 8 months in aged French oak barriques. Bottled unfiltered, unfined and without any added sulphites.
While this wine is denser and darker than En Avant Doute (100% Grenache), it's still incredibly fluid and gentle in nature. There's brambly, spicy notes, some body too, but no overwhelming tannin or extraction to speak of. As with all of Jérôme's wines, they are incredibly clean and polished, and some of the best examples of no SO2 wines we have in our portfolio. Some of you may remember Hervé Souhaut's Merlot/Syrah blend from the Ardèche a few years back - this wine pulls me right back to this!