The region of Salagou, the scarlet vestige of another era, encompasses these hills that date back to the Permian period. The aridity of the terroir makes its mark on our Merlot, lending it roundness and finesse.
« Based on the expertise of four generations of winemakers, we want to reflect the diversity and the richness of opportunity across the Languedoc region with a full qualitative approach encompassing all the key elements from the vines to the wines »
The Terroirs de Collines area presents unique climatic conditions with dry and hot days combined with cool nights.
The hillside terroir covers a scrubby garrigue landscape and is drier as it is subjected to the Mistral and Tramontane winds. These cool, dry, strong winds regularly sweep across the garrigue, contributing to the concentration of the grapes grown on this terroir. The complexity of the soils (3 geological eras) allows many varietals to express all of their aromas and flavours of ripe, even jammy fruit, garrigue spices, and flowers.
Harvested by night to keep the freshness, each vineyard lot is fermented separately after a 4 days pre-fermentation cold soak which brings bright colour & flavour and silky tannins. After gentle pressing, some selected lots are racked directly into small French oak barrels adding depth and complexity. After 4 months of aging, each component is blended to create the Fortant de France signature.
4 months sur lies in French oak
This wine is purplish red in colour and features a generous, complex nose with notes of blackberry jam and peppermint. Rich yet lively on the palate with pleasing flavours of black fruit and spice. Full finish.