This is one of Plageoles indigenous Gaillac reds. Having been a bit of a goer in the 16th century, there are now only about 20 hectares left in France of the largely forgotten Prunelart and the Plageoles have played a key role in 'saving' the varietal. Today, when youth and newness seem to count for everything, the Plageoles are proud to admit they like 'old things' and this philosophy seems intractably woven onto this fascinating red. The Plageoles Prunelart vineyard is planted on clay and silica at a density of 5000 plants per ha (bush vines) and cropped at a very low 32-38 hl/ha. The fruit, as with all the Plageoles wines, is hand harvested and winemaking is reassuringly tech-free; the fermentations are spontaneous, the wine is aged in cement tank for 1 year before being bottled without fining or filtration. The 2009 a rich, lifted, plummy nose leading to a silky smooth palate, with plum, soft liquorice and something cool and fresh too - green peppercorns, and then meat and earth come into subtle play with the bright fruit. Some gentle, fine, peppery, spicy tannins kick in, keeping the finish fresh. Clean, pure and fruit rich wine; thrillingly original tasting like the bastard child of a Cahors Malbec and a Jura red!