DOMAINE LA FLORANE 'FLORESCENS' ROUGE 2014
Côtes du Rhône Villages Visan. 90% Grenache, 10% Syrah.
Coming from the estate's mid way blocks. Same cépage as Fleur de Pampre red with the only winemaking difference being half of the juice receiving 9 months in third fill 600 litre barrels. A minor oak influence, the difference here is first and foremost site, with vintage playing a lesser role and winemaking lesser still.
Intense. A lot fuller and more concentrated, with heady violet and dark berry perfume leading a lively palate of stewed plums, black cherries, and an impression of meatiness and an ever so slight saline note to the tannins. Has a vibrancy and energy around its power, it’s a pretty special release.