93 points Jeb Dunnuck
"Almost all Grenache yet with 8% Syrah, the deep purple 2018 Narassa gives up a gorgeous bouquet of blueberries, kirsch liqueur, smoked game, violets, and lavender. It's rich, medium to full-bodied, beautifully concentrated, and has a great finish."
"Full bottle 1,530 g. 70% 60-year-old Grenache, 30% Syrah. The story about this wine is this: ‘In 2015, at the end of the harvest we realised we had forgotten a small plot of Grenache noir near Maury. Despite the high [potential alcohol] degree of the grapes (17%) we decided to harvest and to try to make a "late" red dry wine: the juice showed great concentration and an amazing quality. Fermentation stopped at 10 g/l sugar because of the high alcohol. We decided to blend the juice with a selection of Syrah at 12.5% harvested on a fresh terroir from an altitude vineyard. 10% of the blending was raised in old sweet Maury barrels. The result is Narassa, an elegant wine in a ripasso style.’
NHB! The wine may be special, but it doesn't justify the weight of this bottle. But wow, this has Amarone-like richness and depth! Glossy tannins draped like heavy silk around membrillo-sweet, intense fruit. Plum jam, damsons, melted dark chocolate, roasted chestnuts. Absolutely stunning with a creamy Northamptonshire blue cheese. One of the best blue-cheese pairings I have ever tasted! Amarone-like, but so, so Roussillon. I love this. 17.5/20 points. (TC)"
Vinous Reverie Notes
La Narassa is sourced from the famed black schist soils of the Agly valley in the northern Roussillon near the village of Maury. It is made in a semi-ripasso by harvesting the Grenache in successive passes picking only the ripest clusters. Once at the cellars the fruit is destemmed and only the best berries are chosen for fermentation after a short pre-fermentation maceration. Organic. Variety: Grenache, Syrah.