For cheerful meals with friends.
Easy to drink - Supple
What can you say about Damien Briard? A permanently-erupting volcano… his voice is strong, his opinions are strong, everything is strong. So obviously, he hasn’t only made friends in this winemaking environment in the Bordeaux region, which still remains very cosy. The ultimate provocation: this winemaker from Namur makes his red wines the Beaujolais way, producing supple, elegant wines "sur le fruit", an expression used to refer to wine that is still fairly young and hence fruity. His Bordeaux wines are unusual, to say the least: in the land of over-extraction, he is the king of heretics. He is also an endearing and gifted winemaker who keeps both feet firmly on the ground because he is well aware that nothing can ever be taken for granted. His estate is called Agape: could there ever be a better invitation to a party?
Agape is a never-ending tribute to the mates and friends who helped him when he set up his vineyard.
When it comes to winemaking, Damien Briard opts in favour of cold pre-fermentation maceration for 24 hours, followed by a thermovinification. This method enables optimal extraction of the initial aromas while substantially limiting the tannins, the aim being to produce a lively and highly fruity wine. The Agape Red is matured in wood for ten months.
Ruby-coloured robe with glints of purple.
Aromas of raspberries and blackcurrants, heightened by mild spices.
Round on the palate, with an impression of biting into sweet fruits.
A fine grilled entrecôte or, even though some purists grumble about this pairing, a cheese board.
As this wine is not fined, it is vegan friendly.
|Appellation||AOP Côtes de Bordeaux|
|Dominant grape variety||Merlot|
|Blend||65% Merlot - 30% Malbec - 5% Cabernet Sauvignon|
|Bottle size||75 cl|
|Aging potential||5 years|