A family owned estate since 1760, Notre Dame de Cousignac is named for a 6th century chapel located on the grounds of the estate which has roughly 150 acres of vines. They grow all of their grapes in a strictly organic and biodynamic fashion; EU certified in 2010. This wine from the excellent 2012 vintage, is a blend of Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre and Cinsault vinified slowly over 30 days in traditional cement fermentation vats. The wine was then aged in the large French oak foudres for 10-12 months. It shows the intensity and bright fruit of the very successful vintage but it also shows tremedous elegance overall. Aromas of cherry and black currant balanced by black pepper, eucalyptus, and new leather. The freshness carries through the lengthy finish. Itís a full-bodied wine with delicate earthy components and polished tannins.