Region: Southern and Central France
Site: The Gamay comes from Beaujolais, the Syrah from sunny sites in the Languedoc, where it can mature well and express phenolic ripeness and aromatic potential.
Grapes: Gamay and Syrah, about equal parts.
Fermentation and Aging: For the Gamay, the vinification is slow, with cool temperatures, to keep the freshness and balanced acidity of Gamay. The Syrah is harvested at full maturity and destemmed entirely. The fermentation is more than 20 days allowing the extraction of a deep color, black fruits notes, and round tannins with spicy notes. Both stainless steel and cement vats are used.
Notes: The wine is simply delightful - it is rare to find a person who is not charmed by it. Is it the spiciness of the Syrah, or the smooth mellowness of the Gamay, or is it the synergy of the two grapes - la mystique of L’Agnostique?
Pairing: Try it with grilled tuna or salmon, try it with charcuterie, try it with roast chicken or hamburgers. Try it with mushroom dishes especially grilled meat with a mushroom sauce. Grilled sausage.