Grenache Noir, Syrah
The grapes are fermented in whole bunches after two to three days of pre fermentation maceration at 16°C. Fermentation is controlled around 25°C to 28°C depending on the potential of the harvest and the treatment envisaged for the cap, which can be gently punched thanks to a unique pneumatic cap punching system.
Part of the blend undergoes malolactic fermentation in 225, 400 and 500 litre barrels made from a selection of oaks (fine grain Jupille and Tronçais), which are attentively surveyed during the 11 month ageing period.
This wine reveals a dense dark red colour with purple gleams. The nose is delicate, opening on notes of Mediterranean scrubland herbs, blackcurrant, golden tobacco and underwood. On the palate the tannins are discernible but superbly integrated leaving an overall sensation of round smoothness right up to the end.
Food and wine pairing: roast meats, game and casseroles.
The Mediterranean-type climate, which is typical throughout the appellation area, is marked by a significantly hot, dry season, mitigated by the effect of the landform. Due to the diversity and unique features of the different areas, major zones have been defined by their weather patterns and soil types.
There is a huge variety of soil types but hard limestone in the garrigue and schist soils are the most widespread. There is also gravel washed down by Languedoc’s rivers.