We often feel light and balsamic fragrances during mediterranean red wines tasting. Pine resin, cistus, juniper tree, thyme, rosemary aromas and others are called in France "garrigue flavours". Commun in good wines from Languedoc and Provence, these kind of aromas are considered as clues of a low yield, hot conditions, natural environment and a grower ‘s great respect of the vine. Some scientists suppose that the bloom (the fat substance to be found on the skin of the berry) would catch the strong fragrances (vapourised essential oil) released by these shrubs in the warmest conditions, and then would give it back during the fermentation ?
To discover this scents, you just have to walk in wild areas somewhere close to Montpellier, Aix en Provence or Avignon in July or August to make sure how strong they might be !