Marion Allies and her brother Guillaume have been making wine in the region of Picpoul de Pinet for over five generations. Their firmly planted goals - along with a very successful operation - allowed them to create a new estate just outside Pinet in the Languedoc region.
They hired superstar winemaker, Jean-Louis Reffle to guarantee the best wine possible. Instead of purchasing a winery, they built their own in the picturesque fishing village of Montagnac, and devoted it exclusively to the production of the Carignan grape.
Carignan has a very checkered reputation. For 30 or 40 years after the grapes are planted, they produce rather uninteresting wine. But after that, the wine magically transforms. Most can't wait that long. As a result, almost nobody plants Carignan any longer. However, the Languedoc in southern France already has the highest acreage of this grape in the world, with some of the vines approaching 100 years of age.
As a result, the wines are intense, flavorful offerings with almost no relation to their younger siblings. The harsh flavors of the younger vines dissipate over time and reveal long and lush properties redolent with raspberries, currants and black pepper.
Marion and Guillaume Allies sourced only the best Carignan, and it shows in this superb wine. The lingering impression on the palate seems to last for minutes instead of seconds, leaving enduring flavors and a delectable memory in their wake.