An array of terroirs
The elegance of perfect balance. The harmony of this wine’s flavours is underscored by the complementary match of its three varieties: Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre. It has an elegantly fine, thoroughbred structure, which underlays the continuity of one’s tasting perceptions. It first exudes presence, then rounded style and a lingering finish.
A lion’s share of Grenache (70%) for a delicate structure and complex aromas of fruits, spice and sometimes liquorice too.
Syrah (25%) for its colour, richness and tannins.
And Mourvèdre (5%) for the aromatic persistence it generates on the palate and its mellow, slow-ripening tannins.
Each variety – in a patchwork of plots spread across the Vacqueyras appellation – is vinified separately to foster complexity and safeguard the terroir’s unique signature. The wine is aged in concrete vats to preserve the grapes’ natural flavours.
Mature after 2-4 years but can be laid down for up to eight years, or even longer. Arabesque is a delicate match for stuffed baby vegetables or black-olive condiments.
A cuvée mentioned in Le vin, the superb book by Antoine Pétrus (a double Meilleur Ouvrier de France award recipient), in the section on “my essential Southern Rhône estates”.