The Marselan grape is a relatively new discovery in the field of french wine, first grown in the early 1960s near the town of Marseillan (where the grape takes its name from), on the south coasts of France. The grape is best described as a cross between Grenache and Cabernet-Sauvignon, with the quality of the former and capability of the latter combining to produce a wine of medium body and fine tannin. It is often used alongside more straightforward grapes from the Languedoc and the Rhone to produce blends, and can only very rarely be found by itself as an individual production.
Our featured Marselan wine is one of these, produced by Domaine Villepeyroux Forest, a vineyard located in the very heart of the Minervois region in the Languedoc. The estate boasts 40 hectares of vines planted on half slopes of clay-limestone soil, with Marselan being one of a dozen grape varieties grown on the land.
On the palate, its intense and deep purple robe presents a mix of powerful red and stewed fruit aromas. The concentrated and sophisticated lingering flavour is a great balance between acidity, intensity and tannin. Only 13,000 bottles are produced within the year by the vineyard, making it a true 'limited edition' production! When serving, we recommend at least an hours breathing for this wine, decanting if possible. With food, we advise pairing it with red meats to complement, or even strong cheeses.