The founding fathers of l'Etoile, 12 in total, had the objective of direct sale of the production to the individuals, to convey to us their passion for vine and wine and the values of cooperation. This company was finally born after the Great War in 1912, and the founding fathers were able to express their talent in this majestic cellar.
To proceed with the ageing of great wines, great wrath were transported by sea from the center of France. Proudly displaying the Catalan colours, these great thunderbolts, fashioned by the contemporaries of Marcellin Albert , Raymond Pointcarré and Jean Jaures, always contain our oldest vintages; The cuvées of several decades which made the reputation of l'Etoile within and far from the Roussillon borders.
It is by the competence, the dynamism and an experience of almost a century that the cellar elaborates its nectars.
From the vine growers to the cellar master, all these men bring to life the know-how inherited from their ancestors, repeating the same gestures, the same work, thus freezing a craft through time.
The cycle and the main stages of vine growing that make their daily lives:
Produced in the Banyuls appellation situated in the villages of Port Vendres, Banyuls sur mer, Cerbére & Collioure. The climate is very hot and dry and this enables good maturation of the grapes. Detrital soil, Schist from the primary era (Cambrian) and granitised micaschist.
The grape selection – a tank will be filled exclusively with Grenache Noir, a second tank will receive the other grape varieties. Grapes de-stemmed and crushed. Fortification of the grapes followed by a maceration of 3 weeks with the alcohol. Pressing effected by the traditional vertical hydraulic presses. Blending of the 2 tanks after the first winter. Aged in old oak barrels for at least 30 months.
Round and well balanced, this Grand Cru has a very interesting copper colour with hints of tobacco. The smell is rich and delicately spicy with aromas of crystallized fruits and honey in the mouth. The combinations are many, you can drink chilled as an aperitif or with meat dishes cooked with red berries. It is also ideal with cheeses.
Aging potential 25 years.
Anthony Byrne Fine Wines Ltd. Registered in England and Wales with company number 01713692.