I must tell you that I have never tasted a wine like this before, and yet there is something so familiar in every sip. It's akin to meeting someone for the first time, yet feeling in your heart that you have known her or him all your life. It's a sense of immediate warmth and comfort. That is how this wine made me feel. Having enjoyed many dessert wines, from the sublime (Château d'Yquem Sauternes) to the ridiculous (no one shall be excoriated here), this wine stands apart - my new-old friend. I truly love it!
A little bit about the wine: produced by the Négrel family-owned Mas de Cadenet near Mont Saint-Victoire, a blend of Rolle, Grenache, Cinsault, and Syrah grapes are crushed post-harvest, and their already slightly sweetened juices are poured into a large cauldron set over an oak-wood fire. The juices are then cooked slowly and stirred with an oak branch - though never at at boil - for about two weeks, until the volume has been reduced by half; it is then aged in oak barrels for two years. The result is Vin Cuit, or cooked wine. [...]