The premium cuvée of Hauterive le Haut in Corbières and another great piece of value-for-money winemaking. This has an extra layer of complexity, coupled with more body or flavour density, versus the base cuvée. Probably due to a 4-way combination of hand-picked, carbonic macerated fruit & regular fermented, plus pressed carbonic / non-carbonic wine and (I think) more newer oak barrels. Whatever, it makes a first fruit-laden hit on the nose of black cherry, with some blueberry and “dried” strawberry. This opens into more secondary aromas of licorice (sic), cinnamon / toast spice / oak. Some compot, figs and prunes show through. Velvety, slightly sweet black cherry flavours with a hint of carbonic strawberry. Balanced acidity and some tannin gives a slightly balsamic, warm, spiced finish with good length. Medium-to-intense garnet core and slight brick-edging.