Mas de Capdaniel - Les Vendanges de Tom 2020
Mas de Capdaniel has been run by the Joullié family for four generations. The estate takes it name from the sheep that grazed the property: Cap d'Aniel translates to lamb's head. Starting in the 1950's, Eugène, and then his son Marcel, vinified each harvest in concrete vats and wooden casks, subsequently selling the resultant wines in bulk. It wasn't until 2014, when Marcel's son, Vincent, decided to sell the family's wines under the Mas de Capdaniel label. Today, Vincent's daughter, Sophie, runs all operations with help from her father and husband, crafting structured and elegant wines that speak to their terroir and their varietal characteristics. The 18-hectare vineyard sits below the mountainous plateau of Larzac, where the family practices organic farming (since 2019) on vines averaging 50 years of age.
Mas de Capdaniel's Les Vendanges de Tom is an old-vine blend of Syrah, Carignan and Cinsault. Deep garnet in color, this bold red has a powerful nose of spiced black fruits accented with notes of dark chocolate and espresso. There are rich flavors of blackberries and cassis on the attack, though the full palate displays remarkable elegance due to the wine's suave and silky tannins. The finish goes on for minutes on end. Excellent with grilled red meats and game, you can also enjoy with spicier fare.