To introduce Southern France’s remarkable crus & terroirs with a focus on old vines grown at high altitudes.
The Minervois terroir covers 5000 Ha stretching from the Black Mountain to the dried-up marsh of Marseillette, across the Languedoc’s scrubland and the wooded hill of Oupia. The climate is typically Mediterranean though mild, with superb exposure to the
sun and low rainfall (630 mm). We believe that what makes this terroir unique is how the Syrah grapes grown in lacustrine limestone dating back to the Secondary Era express themselves with such richness and complexity.
The grapes in each plot are harvested at their peak of ripeness and vinified separately:
- Syrah: complete destemming, cold pre-fermentation maceration for 48 hours followed by a long vatting time with gentle extractions and warm post-fermentation maceration.
- Grenache: complete destemming, cold pre-fermentation maceration for 48 hours followed by a long vatting time with gentle extractions and warm post-fermentation maceration.
Aged in concrete/stainless steel tanks on fine lees for 6 months to enhance the wine’s structure and bring out all of its fruit and spices.
Our selection of plots is therefore based on this distinctiveness:
- Syrah grapes grown in hard, stony limestone soils dating back to the Secondary Era lend richness to this wine’s aromas and flavours and finesse to its tannins (80% of the blend).
- Grenache grapes grown in limestone soil dating back to the Secondary Era lend smoothness and fruity freshness (20% of the blend).
This wine features dark red colour and offers an intense, complex nose redolent of blackcurrant, liquorice and peppery cocoa. Rich and intense on the palate, boasting pure, complex flavours of black fruit and fresh spices. The finish is long and smooth.