Since 1995, Les Jamelles has been produced by Catherine and Laurent Delaunay, two young winemakers from Burgundy, whose family has been producing wine for four generations. After working in California, they both fell under the charm of the Languedoc-Roussillon region in the South of France.
Catherine Delaunay is one of few rare women to work as a winemaker. Throughout the year, in particular during the harvest period, she travels the length and breadth of the region visiting the growers who work in partnership with Les Jamelles, supervising the vinification processes, organizing the aging of the wines, and carrying out the final blending.
A veritable maestro, passionate about the art of wine tasting, Catherine oversees and is responsible for the quality of each the “Les Jamelles” wines.
Les Jamelles wines come from the Pays d’Oc (Languedoc-Roussillon), the biggest vineyard region in the world. It boasts a wide range of geographic features, from the sunny beaches on the Mediterranean sea to the plains of Béziers, to the banks of the Rhône to the Pyrenees mountains. As in Burgundy, the region offers an infinite of terroirs and microclimates, allowing very different wines to be produced.
The secret behind the high quality of the Les Jamelles wines lies in this rich variety of complementary terroirs – some provide fruit, others structure or roundness, and others freshness.
This elegant, ruby coloured wine tinged with red boasts a spicy nose
with hints of liquorice and notes of red and black fruit. It is soft and well-structured on
the palate with solid fruity flavours and fine tannins that give this wine its elegant
Malbec is rare in the Languedoc region. However, we discovered two very
different vineyards whose 30-year-old vines produce low yields of high quality grapes.
These vineyards, whose surface area is approximately one hectare, are located in the Languedoc area of appellation where the earth is very warm and strewn with
galets (rounded stones). These grapes give depth and colour to the wine. Also located in the cool, deep soils of La Malepère in the western part of the Aude department. The
grapes, with their tangy red berry flavour, lend finesse and freshness.
The grapes are harvested by hand and vinified in stainless steel tanks
under monitored temperatures. Traditional maceration lasts 15 days. 10% of the wine is
aged in new oak barrels for added complexity.
Food Pairing Notes
This Malbec is the ideal match for Mediterranean cuisine
(ratatouille), pizza, couscous and tagines, as well as assorted deli meats, cheeses and
grilled red meats. It is also delicious with chocolate. Serve at 16°C.
Malbec, is said to have originated in France’s Quercy region and the vineyards of Cahors. It was then introduced into the Gironde and Touraine regions around
1810. It resulted from a cross between Magdeleine Noire des Charentes and Prunelard.
It is the main varietal used in the Cahors area of appellation as well as being cultivated
in the Bordeaux region. It is also planted in Argentina and is currently very popular all
around the world.