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La Tire by Jeff Carrel 2019

La Tire by Jeff Carrel



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Spec sheet

TypeRed wine
AllergensContains sulfites
Alcohol contenti15.0%

The wine

La Tire means 'car' in French slang and the wine's name and label is a homage to the Citroën 2CV car which was first manufactured in 1948, the same year that the AOC Fitou appellation came into being.

Its vines are cultivated in schist and shale soils in the higher areas of the appellation. Here in Villeneuve les Corbières in the Languedoc region of southern France, Carignan and Syrah plants enjoy the ideal conditions to thrive and ripen perfectly.

A combination of carbonic maceration and a short time spent ageing in tanks obtains the essence of the fruit - plain and simple with no tricks. La Tire has a seductive intense purplish red colour and aromas which bring to mind baskets of recently-gathered wild fruits. It offers a medium body in the mouth, brimming with freshness and energy, and a character far removed from the austerity of more traditional Fitou wines. Slowly but surely, green pepper and other spices appear, accompanied by violets, blackberries, cranberries, scrubland, and light touches of anise and liquorice. In the mouth, it has a crispy acidity thanks to the character of Carignan, with defined yet delicate tannins. It leaves behind a pleasantly fine mineral taste of small stones with an elegantly bitter taste calling out for company.

La Tire is a young and lively wine. Easy to drink, its explosion of fruit in an Old World style makes it very moreish. Best enjoyed cool, at 12-14º, it pairs well with red meats or cold meat which is not too spiced. Its character will allow it to improve for a couple of years in the bottle, but we suggest drinking it now and enjoying its fruit in all its splendour.

What does this wine taste like?

Cardinal red
Red berries / Spices / Blueberries / Peppers
Fine tannins / Refreshing acidity / Fresh

Drinking and storing

Serve between 14ºC and 16ºC

Food pairing

Red meats / Duck

Ratings and awards

201988-90 PK
201890-92 PK
PK: Parker

Customer reviews

4 reviews


Vine ageBetween 30 and 50 years

The winery

Jeff Carrel

Jeff Carrel

Despite not having a family background in the world of winemaking, Jeff Carrel's intense passion for wine led to him making a dramatic change to his life in 1991, giving up everything to devote himself to his true love. He took up oenology studies and travelled around working for different French wineries in regions like the Loire, Alsace, and Languedoc. Finally, with just his backpack as his companion, he arrived in Roussillon where he started to set up his personal wine-making...