Domaines des Enfants “Tabula Rasa” Vins de Pays Cotes Catalanes 2012


Grenache Gris, Grenache Blanc, Carignan Blanc and Macabeu, scattered in the old red-wine vineyards – the exact percentage of each is therefore not known. The grapes are first carefully pounded with feet and then pressed. Fermented in 400-litre barrels, one year on the lees.

Jancis Robinson, 18/20, “Tinged with gold. Gorgeous nose that seems to pour over the edge of the glass: candied orange peel and saffron. Something almost Christmassy about this mouthful of Seville oranges and sweet spices with its savoury pastry undertow. Rich and mouth-filling yet not fat because there is this fantastic acidity that shimmers through the wine with so much texture. In fact the wine is. Stunning. Extraordinary length. A sherry-like fingerprint just on the edge, some saltiness, then golden sultanas and a finish that goes on and on unfolding like a story book.” (TC)

Situated in the Roussillon region of France – 92 Points, Robert Parker, “Pure, elegant and fresh, the 2012 Tabula Rasa has terrific notes of white peach, white flowers and honeysuckle to go with a medium-bodied, layered, silky texture. The acidity is nicely integrated here and this is just hard to resist. Drink it over the coming couple of years.”

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A blend of Grenache gris, Grenache blanc, Carignan blanc and Macabeu.

Zero added sulphur.

Domaine des Enfants is situated in the Roussillon, a region full of strength and grace, beauty and magic. The Domaine’s mission is to preserve the existence, diversity, and nativeness of the region.

A sustainable cultivation and facilitation of biodiversity are therefore just the logical consequence. Healthy, lively soil are the prerequisite for expressive and characteristic wine. “Tabula rasa” means “white sheet”, a term first developed by Aristotle and then taken further by British philosopher John Locke, standing for the immaculate status of a new born child. In the colloquial language “Tabula rasa” stands for “making a clean sweep”, which one might do to find closure with the past.

The text on the label is an extract of a 300 years old essay from John Locke, covering the human apprehension, and has been lent to us from the Library of the abbey Einsiedeln.

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