Bin#015 Cinsault, Vin de France, Ollieux-Romanis 2022
This light, fruity celebration of cinsault from the sunny Languedoc is the latest addition to our popular Bin Series.
Grape: Cinsault (100%)
Bin Series #015 with buyer Marcel Orford-Williams
Our latest Bin Release is a light, fruity red from the cinsault grape, an unsung hero of southern France. From a top estate in the Corbières region of the Languedoc, this is a pure cinsault perfect for drinking now. This is not a new wine for The Society, but the 2022 bottling is so good, we felt it deserved Bin Series status.
Cinsault is widely grown in southern France where it thrives in hot and dry conditions. Often used as part of a blend, usually with grenache and carignan, it contributes bouquet and texture, but it can also shine solo. The team from Château Ollieux Romanis intervene as little as possible and keep sulphur to a minimum – a feat possible when using perfectly healthy grapes. Cinsault needs sunshine to ripen fully and is in its element with hotter summers, and plantings are increasing. In Gigondas in the Rhône Valley, for example, growers are now permitted to increase the amount of cinsault in blends to up to 30%.
The Bin #15 Cinsault has a delicate, fragrant bouquet, suggesting strawberry and cherry. The texture is soft and round, and the alcohol is modest. Cinsault rarely exceeds 13% even when fully ripe, even in a hot vintage like 2022. When handled with care, the grape exudes charm, is never heavy and retains a certain freshness.
Grape: Cinsault 100%
Residual Sugar: 1.0g/L
Acidity: 3.40 g/L
Ageing Vessel: Stainless-steel tank
Vineyard Altitude: 105 Metres
Soil type: Red sandstone (Terroir de Grès)
Winemaker: Artisans Partisans
Buyer: Marcel Orford-Williams
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Bin #013 Pedro Ximénez Seco, Montilla-Moriles 2021
An intriguing and delicious Spanish must-try – whether or not you like sherry!
Region: Montilla Moriles
Grape: Pedro Ximénez (100%)
We are thrilled to introduce you to the first new addition to our limited-edition Bin Series range of 2023: an unfortified, dry Spanish table wine made from Pedro Ximénez, a grape that is normally used for making very sweet sherries.
This is a wine we recommend wholeheartedly to all. It was made by Spain’s oldest family-owned winery, Alvear, and bottled especially for The Society. It comes from Montilla-Moriles, near Cordoba, which is around two and a half hours’ drive north-east of the official sherry region of Jerez, and which has a unique terroir that is reflected beautifully in the wine.
This light, unfortified white was fermented and matured in large concrete amphorae (tinajas) under a veil of flor (yeast) for several months, and then bottled after a year to capture the wine’s zesty minerality. Expect a dry, mouthwatering and mineral wine with a bready, umami note and fantastic food-matching credentials, whether enjoyed as an aperitif with olives and almonds or a dinner-table partner to sushi or grilled sardines.
Grape: Pedro Ximénez 100%
Residual Sugar: <2.5g/L
Acidity: 6.18 g/L
Ageing Vessel: Concrete Amphoras
Vineyard Altitude: 550-610 Metres
Soil Type: Calcareous
Winemaker: Ramiro Ibáñez & Bernardo Lucena
Buyer: Tim Sykes
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