How Good is Ciry Cattaneo Les Hirondelles Minervois?

Wine Evaluations of 2015 and 2016 Ciry Cattaneo Les Hirondelles Minervois, natural reds from Languedoc, France

Les Hirondelles is the high-end cuvée made by younger winemaker David Ciry, a newly established natural vigneron within the Languedoc wine area of Southern France.

Educated in Champagne and Bordeaux, Ciry is a guide winemaker for a number of producers in his Languedoc space in addition to on the worldwide scene, with a ardour for exact winemaking, natural viticulture and a pure expression of terroir in his wines.

Ciry Cattaneo’s manufacturing is made solely of licensed natural wines, licensed by Ecocert.

Les Hirondelles is a wine made below the Minervois appellation, from a mix of a majority of Syrah (70%) with 30% Grenache Noir.

This can be a uncommon wine made in very restricted portions, as 2,260 bottles of the most recent 2016 classic have been produced solely.

Chosen grapes are hand-picked, with vineyards and totally different grape varieties vinified seperately.

After fermentation Les Hirondelles was aged for 12 months in 300-liter French oak barrels.

Positive beneath my opinions, rankings and tasting notes of the 2 vintages of Les Hirondelles that Ciry Cataneo has launched up to now, 2015 and 2016 vintages:

Wine Evaluations & Scores

2015 Ciry Cattaneo Les Hirondelles Minervois, Languedoc

Rating: 93+/100 factors

Total Evaluate Notes & Tasting Impressions

A particularly intense and concentrated crimson shade, dry and full-bodied, it boasts the generosity of ripe and barely jammy darkish berry flavors with a heap of vibrant spiciness.

Natural and pungently expressing the garrigue (thyme and rosemary) notes of its Minervois Languedoc terroir, the opulence of its fruit character is complemented and deepened by darkish oaky however well-integrated notes of cocoa, caramel, a touch of fireside smoke and French-roast espresso.

Comfortable and easy tannins on an oily texture, acidity for a beneficiant crimson, evolve on the palate in the direction of a juicy granulosity of its voluminous phenolics, for a salivating and juicy end, typical of natural reds that genuinely specific their origin.

Highly effective and pungent, it but tastes composed, delivering many deep layers of flavors with a relative finesse, a managed and funneled expression of an immense complexity.

When to drink 2015 Les Hirondelles?

This can be a wine that’s already excellent to drink now, that includes each the fruit freshness of its younger age, and the primary indicators of evolution after two years in bottle or so. The plain complexity the wine has acquired will definitely proceed creating and deepening additional for a strong 5 years. Ought to age and maintain nicely for about 10 years (drink 2019-2025).

Meals Pairing?

A wine construct for tasty but refined gastronomic dishes. A tremendous and natural barbecue meat, seasoned with Mediterranean herbs equivalent to thyme, rosemary or sage sound like the perfect match for such a spicy and natural, full-of-tension crimson.

2015 Ciry Cattaneo Les Hirondelles Label Pictures

2016 Ciry Cattaneo Les Hirondelles Minervois, Languedoc

Rating: 92-94/100 factors

Total Evaluate Notes & Tasting Impressions

An excellent and grandly promising Languedoc wine crammed with monumental concentrated goodness delivered in lots of layers of easy refinement.

The liveliness of a comparatively cool micro-climate in a generously sun-abundant space of the South of France. The perfect of each worlds, mixed in a masterfully crafted wine, smoothened and augmented by apparent oaky notes, but a respectful reflection of its terroir.

That is clearly a child of a wine at this stage.

Wonderful to style and analyze now, however it can actually develop a lot additional and switch into an much more good wine. Give it a 12 months or two to settle in additional, 10 to 15 for those who’ve acquired the time.

It’ll simply face up to it and bloom over time. Drink 2020-2030.

Full Tasting Notes

This Minervois crimson is available in very darkish and intense crimson shade certainly, practically black to the core, and that includes intense darkish purple hues to the rim, clearly stating it guarantees to be a concentrated wine, and a younger one at that.

The nostril is powerfully fruity, crammed with deep darkish crimson berry notes. Blackberry and darkish cherry aromas shine via because the dominant notes in an ocean of candy spices, clove, nutmeg and black pepper, in addition to darkish caramel and stylish French vanilla tones.

It considerably feels highly effective to scent at, however extra importantly, it’s profound. You may sense the wine has quite a bit to inform however that it’s holding it to itself for now a minimum of as you scent it.

The palate strikes and surprises by it’s utter smoothness. This can be a pretty massive concentrated wine, with dense velvety tannins, a crisp acidity giving a pleasant liveliness to the dominant contemporary crimson berry flavors, on a dry but spherical oily physique.

But, the feel feels delicate, creamy and nearly silky.

Once more, the flavors are highly effective and concentrated. Recent berries as I stated, but additionally touches of combined berry jam, some plum and violet flower, marry complicated and deep Christmas pudding spices, ginger, nutmeg and clove. But, these are all delivered with a way of management and restraint, that the entire feels and style elegant and refined.

The nice steadiness between crispness and freshness of the crimson berry fruit character, and the opulence of a lot obviously-ripe fruity persona, is the excellent function right here, along with the salty barely savory really feel to the end.

A wine of terroir it’s as nicely…

2016 Ciry Cattaneo Les Hirondelles Label Pictures

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