The “Cru Artisan”, or “Artisan’s Cru” has existed for more than a century and a half. Originally, the growers who owned these family vineyards were often craftsmen at the same time, working as bakers, carpenters, coopers, or in some other trade. With a strong sense of identity, these men of the soil struggled to ensure that the fruit of their labours survived economic crisis. Alone, with their family or with the help of employees, the artisan winegrowers take charge of the entire production chain, from tending the vines right through to selling the wine in the majority of cases. This protected title is a quality reference for consumers.
The appeal of this 2012 vintage lies in its seductively sombre ruby red with deep purple tints and powerful, many-layered bouquet of dark fruit, spice and slightly toasty notes. The fresh front-of-palate is sustained by plump tannins wrapped in creamy extract.
Ready for drinking from 2015, but can be cellared for 8-10 years.