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Chateau de Penya
France, Languedoc-Roussillon, AOP Cotes du Roussillon Villages
Cases de Pene is a tiny village in the Roussillon region of Southern France, just 30 miles north of the Spain. Ceded to France in the mid 17th century, the area is still known as "French Catalonia". We celebrate this heritage with the Catalan spelling of the ancient Château and village Cooperative: "Penya".
Nearly 1,000 acres total; 400 acres red varietals: Syrah,Carignan, Grenache, Merlot and Cabernet; 12 acresChardonnay and Viognier; 370 acres Muscat d’Alexandrieand Muscat à Petits Grains; also Grenache Blanc,Grenache Gris and Macabeo for Rivesaltes sweet wines. Yields of 2.4 tons/acre, produced from vines averaging 40 years.
Black Marne with outcrops of schist and clay/limestone.
Grapes are estate-sourced from vines that range from 20-50 years of age. Manual harvest in the fall, with an average yield of 2.3 tons/acre.
The Carignan and Grenache were whole cluster fermented by carbonic maceration in 17 hl wooden tanks. They Syrah was crushed/destemmed in cement tanks and then added to the Carignan/Grenache in the wooden tank after completion of primary fermentation. Aged in 17 hl wooden tanks on the Carignan/Grenache marc. The free run juice was then separated and bottled a month later.
The wine is aged in 17hl wooden tanks prior to release. Wines in this region may not be released until February 15 of the year following the harvest.
Offers both freshness and ripeness, with layers of dark berry fruit (plums, blackberry) and hints of violets and licorice. Smooth, soft, structured, and very polished on the palate, with a long, persistent finish.