In a nutshell: A delicious crunchy and fruity French red from one of the main estates in this small south western appellation.
The lowdown: Marcillac is a small and little known appellation of the southern fringes of the Massif Central where the climate can be challenging, but where wine has been made for centuries. Father and son Philippe and Julien Teulier of Domaine du Cros are stalwarts of the area and have been making delightful wine here for decades. This cuvée, Lo Sang del Pais (blood of the soil), is made from Fer Servadou and is bottled in the spring after harvest without any oak ageing.
It's got instantly appealing aromas of raspberries, blackcurrant and the taste is of soft ripe red fruits with a touch of spice and clean underlying minerality. The tannins are nicely integrated and it has a bright and vibrant finish.
When to drink: Bright and vivacious, this is good very slightly chilled and with a plate of charcuterie it's a real treat.
Phillipe Teulier and his son Julien have 30 hectares of vines in the small and isolated appellation of Marcillac which is in the Aveyron département on the southern edges of the Massif Central. It was once an area with several thousands of hectares under vine, but this had dwindled to less than 200 only a few years ago. Until the early 1980s Domaine du Cros themselves produced only around 4,000 bottles a year from just 1 hectare, but since then they've set about acquiring existing old vineyards and planting up new areas, sometimes on steeply sloped terrain and they're now one of the biggest remaining producers in the appellation. There's only one red variety that they grow which is here called Mansois and goes under the name Fer Servadou in other parts of the South West.