The dark crimson 2010 Clos de Sixte is a classic Châteauneuf-du-Pape-type blend of 50% Grenache, 35% Syrah, and 15% Mourvèdre, aged for 14 months in 35% new oak barrels. Opens with a warm, ripe, perfumed bouquet of black cherry fruit and wild violets. On the palate, luminously fluid and supple, with bouncy, spicy blackberry and dark fruit notes seasoned by spice. Marvelously detailed finish of subtle minerality and warm, well resolved tannins.
Never content to rest on his laurels, Dominique has stepped up to the plate with this intriguing new red made from 100% Merlot. Aged for a year in new French oak barrels, Dominique's goal is to allow this wine the full expression of the Côte de Gascogne terroir. Deep in color, with a toasty bouquet of ripe fruit and plums, this wine offers a wealth of rich dark fruit flavors, with notes of damp forest, new earth, and Provençal herbs on the finish.
"Firm tannins provide the backbone for this deeply expressive, layered Vino Nobile."92 points--Antonio Galloni, Vinous
Each vintage, we make over 200 separate lots of Bordeaux varietals, honing the blend during 18 months of barrel aging. Only the finest lots are included in each glass of Franciscan Cabernet Sauvignon, to show the best of the vineyards, and the vintage.