Vérité Le Désir 2017
Sofisticado y delicado a la vez, Le Désir es un vino del Nuevo Mundo fuera de serie, que bien podría haber nacido en pleno corazón de Burdeos. Un coupage de Cabernet franc, completado por Merlot y Malbec, que roza la perfección, si bien necesita tiempo para revelar todos sus matices. Fruta negra madura y especias, junto a una pronunciada mineralidad en boca y una maravillosa frescura que lleva a un final increíblemente persistente. En palabras de su vigneron Pierre Seillan estamon ante una de las cinco mejores añadas de Vérité hasta la fecha.
Viñedo y elaboración
Opinión de los críticos
What was the secret to achieving such impressive ripeness for Cabernet Franc in 2017? Pierre Seillan's daughter and one day successor, Helene, told me: “We make a lot of passes through the Cabernet Franc blocks—more than the other varieties. We drop any fruit that is not ripening at the same pace. We don’t pull out too much leaves, we need those for the ripening.” Blended of 80% Cabernet Franc, 17% Merlot and 3% Malbec, the 2017 Le Désir has a medium to deep garnet-purple color. It comes galloping out of the glass with all the grace and precision of a thoroughbred, sporting notions of kirsch, potpourri, warm plums and wild blueberries plus hints of chocolate box, cardamom and star anise. The medium-bodied palate (just 13.9% alcohol) is at once powerful and wonderfully elegant, with firm, very fine-grained, exquisitely ripe tannins and bold freshness supporting the red and blue fruit layers, finishing with incredible length and depth. Wow! 2,500 cases were made.
Lastly, the 2017 Le Desir is 80% Cabernet Franc, with the balance mostly Merlot mixed with a splash of Malbec. It has a wonderful Cabernet Franc floral character as well as awesome black raspberry, cedarwood, forest floor, violets, rose petals, new leather, and who knows what else. Incredibly complex, it takes lots of air to show at its best and is medium to full-bodied, has a bright spine of acidity, fabulous tannins, and a great, great finish. The elegance of this wine paired with its richness and depth is something to behold. It’s another damn near perfect wine from this estate, and to see this quality from a challenging vintage like 2017 boggles the mind. Hats off to the father-daughter team of Pierre and Hélène Seillan.
A very beautiful, succulent red, showing lavender, sage, conifer and rosemary with black and blue fruit. Full-bodied with firm, lightly chewy tannins and a sturdy, very elegant finish. 80% cabernet franc, 17% merlot and 3% malbec. Drink in 2022 and onwards.
Black-cherry aromas dominate the nose, while the palate is broad and lush but exuberant, showing energy and flair. It's concentrated, of course, but also fleshy, with approachable upfront fruit, with delicate acidity giving a long poised finish. Drinking Window 2019 - 2035.