|Jean Pla Sélection is based in Pla's home town of Saint Paul de Fenouillet. His family has been growing grapes and making wine for generations.|
Pla created his company in 2000. He works with different grape growers and winemakers in Maury and the neighboring areas of Rasiguères, Saint-Paul-de-Fenouillet and Tautavel to create his own blends. The top wines are put under the Passion Classico label. These wines come primarily from vineyards of 30 to over 100 years of age.
Maury is blessed with many old Grenache vines as well as those of Syrah, Carignan and other grapes. Much of the juice traditionally found its way into the fortified reds of Maury. As this style of wine has quietly lost favor, Pla recognized the potential of the grapes for the powerful, natural wines he produces.
Farming practices/ cellar practices: Minimal use of herbicide: the winegrowers tend to use none or very little, both because of a price consideration and because of the dry climate of Maury. Same applies to pesticide and fungicide. The wind keeps the vines dry and healthy. In the cellar, both native and cultured yeasts are used, but the strains need to work with 15% alcohol.
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|Passion Grenache Classico (Bottle and KEG) - Vin de Pays des Côtes Catalanes|
This rich and full-flavored Grenache comes from vines of 40 to 90 years of age in Maury. The vineyards are located in the Fenouilledes hills, whose name derives from the "fenouille" plants, or fennel, which covers the hillsides. The grapes are manually harvested and fermented for an extended three weeks in tank, where the wine remains until a gentle bottling. Serve with roasted meats and stews. 15% Alcohol.
|Passion Grenache Classico Vieilles Vignes|
This complex and full flavored Grenache comes from vines in Maury averaging 80 years of age and producing only 20 hl/ha. The grapes are manually harvested and fermented for an extended three weeks in tank, after which the wine is aged for two years in oak until a gentle bottling. Serve with roasted meats and stews.
|Pink Cat Rose - IGP Côtes Catalanes|
|50% Grenache, 25% Syrah and 25% Cinsault from vines over 50 year old, located 100 to 500 meters above sea level. Average yields: 30 hectoliters per hectare. The grapes are hand harvested. Fermented at cool temperatures and aged in tanks for 8 months.|
“The clever Pink Cat sneaks up on you with vivid aromas of fresh black cherries. On the palate, this dry rosé from Southwestern France follows with juicy cherry flavors. The crisp and dry finish makes it the perfect rosé for hot summer days or warm fall nights.” 12.5% alcohol. 1250 cases produced.
|La Souris Verte - IGP Côtes Catalanes|
|50% Macabeu, 23% Grenache Blanc, 25% Grenache Gris and 2% Malvoisie - average yields: 30 hectoliters per hectare. The grapes are hand harvested. La Souris Verte comes from 50+ year old vines in the Fenouilledes hills, 100 to 500 meters above sea level. Aged in tanks for 8 months, goes through malolactic fermentation.|
Brimming with aromas of fresh lime, pear and banana. In the mouth, crisp lime flavors coat the palate with refreshing tartness and show bright, pineapple notes in the dry finish. The perfect shellfish and seafood white. 12.5% alcohol. 1250 cases produced.
|La Souris Rouge - Vin de Pays des Côtes Catalanes|
|La Souris is sourced from schistes influenced Maury Grenache (70%) and Syrah (30%) also grown on schistes but high-up in Rasiguères. The vines are 40 to 90 year old and are 100 meters above sea level. The grapes are hand harvested. Cold soak and aged in tanks for 8 months. Exuberantly juicy black raspberry and cherry are tinged with smoky black tea and crushed stone, all in the context of fine-grained tannins and leading to a sappily-sustained finish marred neither by heat nor rusticity. This remarkable value should serve will through at least 2017. 14.5% alcohol. |
|Le Chat - Grenache Noir - Vin de Pays des Côtes Catalanes|
|This 100% tank fermented Grenache Noir comes from selected old vine parcels 50 to over 100 years of age. Grown around Maury in the Fenouillèdes hills on black schist soils, Le Chat displays a dense purple color. Aromas show great intensity of black cherry, wild garrigue herbs and classic Grenache notes of red fruits. The mouth is succulent, deep and layered with old vine grenache purity. This big, yet smooth red, is perfect with grilled and roasted meats. 14.5% alcohol. |
|Le Renard - AOP Côtes du Roussillon Villages|
|70% Grenache grown on schistes soils at 150 meters altitude, 15% Syrah and 15% Mourvedre. Vines over 50 year old. Average yields: 30 hectoliters per hectare. The grapes are hand harvested. Fermented at cool temperatures and aged in tanks for 8 months. This round and soft wine that retains nice freshness pairs beautifully with cheese, especially Camembert. 14.5% Alcohol. |
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