After the soft, fruity 2006 Cuvée Majou (15.70€) – Grenache from Maury and 40% Carignan from Estagel. "I aimed for a Châteauneuf style," explains Luc and you certainly have a sense of the underlying power. We then moved onto a short vertical (2005, 2006 and 2009) of the Cuvée du Casot, (30€) a blend of variable proportions of old Grenache and Carignan. These are powerful wines with alcohol levels ranging from 15% in 2006 to 16.4% in 2005 and probably best drunk during the winter when la tramontane (the fierce local wind) is whistling around the nearby church.
I found 2009, which was bottled in April, the best balanced. With 60% Grenache and 40% Carignan this has delicacy, power and finesse. Good to see that there appears to be a recent trend amongst some producers in the area to move away from heavy metal reds to a more country and western style but without le côte saccharine – more pedal steel than heavy riffs.
We finished with Luc's fine 2009 Cuvée Jolo, Maury. Very recently bottled, this is pure Grenache picked at 22% potential alcohol and made in a vintage style. It has delicate flavours of black cherries and a lot of finesse, which probably comes from there only being 3.5% of added alcohol, so finishing with 17.3% alc and 103 grams of residual sugar. No wonder Luc is able to sell all he makes of this lovely wine.