In the glass, the Segna de Cor 2019 has a soft-edged, purple-red color, almost opaque at the center, with flashes of magenta just at the edge. Insistent, penetrating aromas of sun-warmed blackberries, ripe griotte cherries, and rosemary move in and out of the foreground, alternating with suggestions of fresh white tobacco, roasted coffee beans, and crushed violets, as the nose evolves in the glass. On the palate, the wine is juicy and elegant, with a deep sweet core of mineral saturated black and red fruit, fine silky tannins, and great persistence; the flavors ranging from ripe red plums and macerated blueberries through wild strawberries and black Mission figs all judiciously seasoned with cracked black pepper, freshly shaved nutmeg, and red berry acidity.
About this wine producer: When Marjorie Gallet established her Domaine Le Roc des Anges in 2001, she was a twenty-three-year-old agricultural engineering graduate of Montpellier SupAgro (where she met her enologist husband, Stéphane), and had just completed an internship with Gérard Gauby, then the most famous producer in the Roussillon. But she hadn’t been born in a family with vines, so her story is one of fresh eyes on a treasure taken for granted and abandoned by others, and of her unlimited capacity for hard work. In 2008, Marjorie was joined by her husband Stéphane, who had spent the previous ten years making wine at Domaine du Mas Amiel in nearby Maury. Today their estate is certified Biodynamic, with most of the treatments, including Maria Thun compost in autumn and Préparation 500 in the spring, applied with the aid of a horse, and despite the critical acclaim (Parker, Tanzer, Decanter), Marjorie and Stéphane continue to work 14 hour days (and still carve out as much time as they can for their two young sons Nathan and Arthur).