The grapes grow in vineyards whose soils are particularly rich in clay and limestone and appear as white soil. These soil types are very firm and prevent rain from permeating the ground, leading vines to grow very deep roots to search for water. This produces particularly sparse bunches, with small berries, that give plenty of nutrient minerals, trace elements and tannins to the wines, resulting in tremendous aging potential.
The colour is a deep garnet red, gradually filled with orange hues with aging. The aroma is intense, ethereal, with clear scents of tobacco, dog rose, spices. It has a strong tarry note. The taste is elegant, with plenty of tannins that are well-expressed but balanced and pleasant.
It goes well with first courses enriched by hearty sauces such as meat sauce and porcini, with roasted or braised meats, lamb, ripened cheeses, sheep and goat cheeses. If long-aged, it becomes a meditation wine.