The Southern French Languedoc-Roussillon has a tradition of winemaking that is over 2600 years old. From the Mediterranean coast to the Pyrenees Mountains, this region is known for a great diversity of climates and soils, and the Pays d'Oc appellation itself accounts for approximately 15% of all wine produced in France and allows 58 different varieties. Couveys' brand began as a tiny hilltop winery that left many of its customers wondering how such a seemingly small location could produce so much quality wine.
Terroir is very important to this region. For this particular area, the terroir reflects the Mediterranean climate with its hot, dry summers and the humid and cool winds coming from the Pyrenees. The grapes are harvested when they reach optimal ripeness around mid-September. Upon reaching the cellar, they are destemmed and crushed before they undergo three weeks of skin contact maceration. The extraction process consists of regularly pumping the juices over the mashed grapes during the first ten days of the maceration. The result is a wine with fruity and complex juicy flavors with a small part of the blend aged in French oak.
This Malbec is a dark ruby red color with aromas of intense black and red fruit, especially blackberry, with some slight hints of green pepper. It is a full-flavored, fruit-forward red with soft and vivid tannins. This is the kind of red wine to enjoy with sirloin, roast beef, blue cheese or on its own.