A perfect bottle for cold winter evenings - this is a wine we came across whilst looking for something to fit the bill in the absence of any available Mazière, a producer from Corbierès who employs a similar technique to this when it comes to ageing the wine. This is a non-vintage, mixed varietal blend that was bottled in 2018 and is an assemblage of many different years ('09, '10, '12, '13, '14, '16, and '17 for those who prefer exact detail), some in barrels that were kept topped up (think preservation of freshness and primary fruit) and some not (think more dominating oxidative flavours from exposure to the air). The resulting wine in concentrated, deep and complex; as you'd probably expect. There is a slick, inky quality to it and a beautiful tawny hue to the edges of the liquid. Dense, tannic layers and the blackest of black forest fruits make this a wine that is a real please to ponder on as it evolves and reveals more with each draw from the glass. Coutelou does it again.