Ad Fines Caius
WHY WE LOVE IT
Elaboration: After the slow ripening of the grapes, the harvest date is determined by tasting the berries, chosen for the optimum expression of the terroir and the quality of the tannins. The harvest is carried out manually. Sorting is carried out by chiseling. After a cold pre-fermentation to extract the maximum amount of fruit, the fermentation starts slowly, naturally, without the addition of selected yeasts; the extraction work then begins, gently (shedding, pumping over, gentle punching down), diffusion phenomena are favored. Maceration lasts between 3 and 5 weeks depending on the vintage, devatting is determined by tasting. Ad Fines wines are aged in new Burgundy barrels for a period of 12 to 18 months. After blending, the wines are aged in vats for another 5 months before bottling.
Tasting Notes: On the palate, the structure is tight, deep, dense but with great elegance, great length on the finish, great aging potential.
2021 – 91 Jeb Dunnuck
Ad Fines, created by Michel Rocher in 1994, is a 2.8-hectare wine estate on the northern slope of the Lubéron Massif near the village of Ménerbes in southern France. It lies just over an hour north of Marseille. The historic Roman road, Via Domitia, which linked the Alps and the Pyrenees, ran through the village.
Ad Fines, which means “at the borders” in Latin, was the name of a stage station near the estate. The name referred to the borders between the tribes of Cavaillon and those of Apt. The name was chosen to reflect the philosophy of going “to the frontiers” of quality. Michel Rocher is passionate about fine wine and is doing everything possible to best express this particular terroir. His objective is to produce wines of great aromatic complexity, finesse, and elegance that are capable of long aging.