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De Mena

ARC EN CIEL 2021

£25.00

Arc de Ciel is everything we have learned to love from the roussillon. Heavy in black & blue fruits, some blackcurrant present  but without the dust. Arc has beautiful herbs shining through, very garrigue!! No doubt a great Sunday roast wine but fresh enough to drink by itself!


Local Paziols brothers Sébastian and Franck Agelet of Domaine de Mena (from nature in Catalan) and Clot 13 (each brother produces their own wine from the same domaine) are based in the Hautes Corbières, wedged between the Pyrenees and the Mediterranean.

Since 2012 Sébastien has focussed on 10ha of his very best plots, gnarled old bush vines, mostly indigenous varieties perfectly suited to this hot windy region. His plots are predominantly sit- uated on and around the rocky clay and limestone hill called Le Pilou, protected on its perimeter by garrigue scrub and forest, it’s exposed to the fierce Tramuntana winds that bellow in off the Pyrenees, blowing away the humidity from the sea, acting as a natural prevention from diseases such as mildew and oidium. A few years back Seb’s brother Franck started his own project within the domaine (Clot 13) and we’re happy to bring both projects in together. Sébastian and Franck’s wines are reflections of this region which is pure, wild and dramatic. It’s a hot dry region and the wines are powerful, though they have a balance that comes with purity of fruit and a fresh light touch. In Seb’s own words the wines are made by nature.