Alma Cersius Alicante Bouschet 2021


Out of stock (back in stock June)


An all too rare opportunity to try a single varietal Alicante Bouschet, from its homeland in south-west France.

Alicante Bouschet was a result of careful breeding of grapes in the mid 19th century, when botanist Henri Bouschet crossed the fruity Grenache with Petit Bouschet, another cross-breed created by his own father. The aim was very much for high colour, high fruit, with high yields for commercial appeal. However, Alicante is such an intense, high impact variety, it has been used for blending for much of its recent history.

Old vines in the optimal terroir of the Languedoc-Roussillon combined with modern winemaking have tamed this beast for a wonderfully drinkable, full-bodied wine. From 40 year old vines, the fruit was warm fermented for a few hours prior to clarification then micro-oxygenation, which stabilised the colour and softened the tannins.

Intense dark red in colour, there’s a complex nose of dark and dried fruits with subtle notes of tobacco, smoke, earth and dried meats. Sweet blackcurrant and black plum open on the palate, with a wonderful balance of acidity and tannins providing structure and length, loads of savoury earthy, herbal and spice notes unfurling on a long, full, immensely satisfying finish.

  • Rich, full, intense
  • 750ml
  • 13% Alcohol
  • Cork
  • Drink by 2025
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Producer: Alma Cersius

Forward-looking and creative, cooperative Alma Cersius dates back 1937 with the founding of the first cooperative cellar in Cers, where the modern winery exists today. It is a collective of 152 passionate and committed winegrowers who pool their knowledge and expertise, working over 1,300 hectares of vineyards across Cers, Portiragnes, Puimisson and Villeneuve-lès-Béziers. The vineyards benefit from the proximity of the Mediterranean Sea which tempers the heat of the summer months on these alluvial soils made up of pebbles and clay.

Since 2020, every bottle is certified High Environmental Value (HVE) level 3, the highest level of environmental governance in France, encompassing the conservation of biodiversity, sustainable farming techniques, water management and use of renewable energy. The commitment from the winegrowers is a genuine one, "to preserve and value the earth so that next generations can also make a living from their passion".

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