Figuière Première Red 2015

Figuière is a 210-acre organic wine estate located in La Londe les Maures. Alain Combard purchased the property in 1992 after discovering its cool coastal climate and unique schist soils. “The schist in La Londe seduced my father,” says Alain’s daughter Magali, “schist and the sea make our style.”

Figuière is in La Londe-les-Maures between Marseille and Nice with vineyards that lie just a few hundred meters from the Mediterranean Sea. “There’s a five-degree difference in temperature from our vineyards to those of the interior,” says Magali, “the freshness found in our wines is very singular to the La Londe region.”

Première Red is organically grown and produced entirely from the Figuière estate in the Côtes-de-Provence AOP. The goal of Première Red is to express the unique terroir of La Londe and the unique character of Mourvèdre grown near the sea. A blend of 60% Mourvèdre and 40% Syrah vinified separately in 300L French oak barrels and aged for 8 months.

Tasting Notes

Figuière aims for tight wines that express the unique terroir of coastal Provence. Mourvèdre, which enjoys the Mediterranean sun, brings black fruits, liquorice flavors and gaminess to the wine while Syrah- planted to a northern exposition- adds structure and complexity. The unique schist soils of La Londe give this wine perceptible minerality.

Food Pairing

Première Red is a full-bodied and structured red wine lending itself to weightier dishes. Marinated beef or lamb charred over a charcoal fire pairs well with the gamy, smoky character of this blend of Mourvèdre and Syrah. Stews of tomatoes, eggplant and herbs are also well suited to the earthiness found in this wine.

Production Info
Production area/appellation
Côtes-de-Provence AOP
Vineyard name
Figuière
Vineyard size
210 acres
Soil composition
Schist
Elevation
660 feet
Vines/acre
1780
Average Vine Age
35-45 years
Yield/acre
2.2 tons
Exposure
Southern
Total SO2
71
Harvest time
August-September
First vintage of this wine
1979
Bottles produced of this wine
30,000
Winemaking & Aging
Varietal composition
60% Mourvèdre, 40% Syrah
Age of Aging Container
5 years
Maceration length
30
Fining agent
Kieselguhr
Type of aging container
Barrels
Size of aging container
300L
Type of oak
French
Length of aging before bottling
8 months
Certifying Organizations
Ecocert
Analytical Data
Alcohol
13.5 %
pH level
3.6
Residual sugar
0.2 g/L
Acidity
3.2 g/L

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