The organic domaine of Elian da Ros was founded in the mid-1990's and is situated in the Cotes du Marmandais just to the east of Bordeaux. There are 16 hectares in total, of which 8 are in biodynamie. Elian worked with Olivier Humbrecht in the Alsace and also at Grange des Peres in the Languedoc so has an impeccable vinous pedigree. This particular red is made from the local Abouriou grape, a vigorous variety that is used principally in blends with Cabernet Sauvignon, Fer or Malbec to make typical Marmandais wines. On its own, however, it produces dark, brooding, ripe reds with low acidity and light tannins. Great with the local wild boar!
Inky-purple in the glass with scents of blackberry, liquorice and tobacco. On the palate further red fruit flavours of plums with hints of dark chocolate. The texture is is chewy and the tannins discreet leading to a lingering finish. Try with roast saddle of hare with beetroot, stewed oxtail with black olives or duck a la Navarraise with sweet peppers and brandy.