Domaine des Schistes Illico Rouge 2020

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Domaine des Schistes is located in the village of Estagel in Roussillon, France. The property belongs to Jacques Sires and is run by his son Mickaël. Though the Sires have been farmers for many generations, it was only when Jacques started bottling the wines in 1989 that Domaine des Schistes was truly born. The estate now comprises 55 hectares - the vines were planted by Mickaël's grandfather in the late forties, spread across 80 different parcels. Since the 2015 vintage, the domaine has been certified organic. 

The Illico wines are made from grapes grown around Estagel in vineyards on the alluvial soil of the Agly river. The wine is a blend of 40% Merlot, 32% Marselan (a cross between Grenache and Cabernet Sauvignon) and 28% Carignan vinified and aged for a short time in concrete, then bottled young and fresh. The result is a silky red wine with sof tannins and flavors of cherries, raspberries and strawberries balanced by a vibrant minerality.