Jean Boucabeille’s estate is perched on the schist slopes of the Forca Real hill, approximately 20 kms west of Perpignan; the very hillside where for centuries the best wines in the region have originated. Everything is grown organically, and certified so, with a huge emphasis on the healthy state of the vineyard and surrounding countryside (there are over 100 beehives on the estate). The entire crop is worked and harvested by hand, and fermentations are allowed to happen naturally without recourse to cultured yeasts.
The wines speak clearly of Roussillon yet remain eminently drinkable. Generous, schist and garrigue infused dark fruit characters are allied to exceedingly suave tannic structures. Alcohol levels are modest for the region and almost inconspicuous in the finished wines – and the general sense of freshness that pervades the range means that you find yourself returning to these most characterful wines over and over again. For a weeknight glass of something extremely satisfying, Les Terrasses punches above its weight.
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