The wines of Vérité, French for “truth”, are the result of a combination of old-world experience and new-world fruit.
Each wine is a distinct blend of unique components harvested from small vineyard blocks, culminating in a meticulously formed union of grape varieties, climate, soil expression, and winemaking technique.
Vigneron Pierre Seillan refers to this methodology as droit du sol, “right of the soil.”
Notes and Reviews
Robert Parker (99)
The 2013 Le Désir represents 2,500 cases. This is the softest of the three wines in 2013, and this blend of 61% Cabernet Franc, 23% Merlot, 11% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 5% Malbec emerges with more than half of the cuvée coming from Hillsides in Alexander Valley, 37% from Chalk Hill, and the rest tiny dollops from Bennett Valley and Knights Valley.
Opaque purple, like its siblings, the wine is showing incredible floral, blueberry, and espresso notes, exotic Asian spices, velvety texture, a supple, multilayered mouthfeel, and incredible finish, with incense and liquorice.
This is magnificent young wine, with a good 40-50 years of upside potential. Pierre Seillan is justifiably proud of what he has achieved, and his first vintage of Vérité was only 1998, but they go from strength to strength.
|Grape Varieties||Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon|
|Age of Vines||20 years on average|
|Vinification||Hand harvested, fully destemmed, slow fermentation followed by three weeks' maceration in temperature-controlled stainless-steel vats.|
|Elevage||15 months in French oak barrels (100% new oak)|
|Soil Type||Volcanic rocks, basalt and clay|