The very essence of our red sandstone soil, the complete purity of this complex wine is kept because of its being matured in a cask.
It is a blend of four grape appellation varieties. A wine to store, it brings together strength and elegance. On the nose, cacao, cherry, and blackberries. Full and powerful in taste with notes of ripe fruit and liquorice.
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
Syrah 30%, Mourvèdre 30%, Carignan 30%, Grenache 10%. The plots used for this wine are mostly made up of old vines, including some Carignans dating back to pre-1911.The Vineyard
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 20 hl/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 harvested manually in small boxes and are sorted on the plot. After destemming, the winemaking takes place in small concrete tanks. The extraction of polyphenols and anthocyanins is carried out by the addition of must and by punching the caps of the grape skins. Fermentation lasts approximately 3 weeks and the wine is then aged in vats.Tasting
Plein Grès is a wine to lay down (a “vin de garde”) that combines both power and elegance. Cacao, cherry, and blackberry on the nose. The taste is rounded and powerful with hints of ripe fruits and liquorice.Appellation
AOP Saint Chinian
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