2016 Domaine le Pech d'André Caracole d'Aramon, IGP Côtes du Brian, Languedoc-Roussillon, France. 100% Aramon, grown just northeast of Carcassonne. Aramon is a highly productive grape that was widely planted in the south of France until the 1960s, due to its resistance to phylloxera and high productivity. It makes very light colored wines and was often blended with cheap grapes from north Africa to darken the wine. It is also very frost sensitive and was hurt badly by frosts in 1956 and 1963, at which point it was ripped out and mostly replaced by carignan. ..-.-
The wine is very lightly colored garnet, with some blue/black tones. In the mouth, a gentle but persistent and bright acidity lifts the flavors and penetrates in the inner cheeks. Summer blackberries and pomegranate, with a sandy/clay/chalky minerality. This wine has lovely balance and polish. Nice bright dusty blackberries and clay on the lean but long finish. Delicious wine. The grape reminds me of a blend of gamay, cool climate merlot with a slug of Aupilhac's old vine carignan. -.-.