Primarily a product of the ancient Carignan vines planted in 1911, this wine, the king of the Languedoc Roussillon grape variety, offers bounding potential.
It’s a fruity refreshing wine, round and full on the palate, which boasts the flavours of cherry and redcurrant, and slightly toasty notes.
Terraces of clay-limestone in which one finds the seams of red sandstone particular to this area. The deep red soil accumulates heat during the day which it then returns to the grapes at night thus helping the development of the berries.Climate and aspect
The Mediterranean climate benefits from the cooler air of the nearby hills. The vineyards are located on a south-easterly facing slope which makes them ideally placed to benefit from the sunshine.Grape Variety
Old Carignan (from vines planted in 2011) 70%, blended with Grenache 20%, Syrah 10%
The grapes are picked just as they mature to maintain their fresh and fruity taste.
Work in the vineyard is undertaken with a great deal of respect for the environment, the stock, and the grape. The natural limitations of the soil mean yields for this red are around 22hl/ha. Leaves are stripped from the north side of trailing vines and the soil, subject to erosion, is covered in grass. Organic fertilisers make it possible to maintain the microbial life and the structure of the soils.Winemaking
The grapes are picked by hand and collected in small boxes. Sorting takes place on the plot. After de-stemming, the winemaking takes place in small concrete tanks and much of the blending of the grapes takes place directly in the tank. The extraction of polyphenols and anthocyanins is carried out by the addition of must and by punching the caps of the grape skins. Placed in vats for approximately 2 weeks and then aged in vats.
With native yeast and unfiltered.
This is a fresh and supple wine, with a strong presence of fruit. On the nose, morello cherry and currants, with a slightly smoky aroma. The taste is of red fruits and is full but delicate.Appellation
AOP Saint Chinian
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