Found right in the middle of the Faugères appellation, our vineyards cover just over 20 hectares on the foothills of the Cévennes looking down on the village of Laurens. The vines, lying in an ideal spot at an altitude of 180 metres, are between 30 and 60 years old and naturally produce low yields.
Grenache 40 %, Syrah 30 %, Carignan 20%, Mourvèdre 10%
The soil is predominantly Laurens-Cabrières sandstone schist, a neighbouring type to the Faugères hills soils. This soil type is of fragile structure, slightly acidic and can be difficult for the vines and which, when associated to adapted cultivation methods provides excellent balance for the vines.
The originality of this vintage stems from the serious drought which lasted most of the year with a summer peak made even drier by the Tramontane wind which blew from June to September. They impacted the yield and overall production dropped by 20%. Short spells of rainfall on 14th and 15th September contributed a little freshness to the later ripening varieties such as the Grenache and Mourvèdre.
Double Cordon de Royat pruning for Syrah and Mourvèdre, traditional goblet pruning for the Grenache and Carignan. In 2016, the harvest was 600 hectoliters from a total surface area of 20 hectares, i.e. very low yield of 30 hectolitres per hectare.
Hand harvested with parcel selection for the ripest grapes (from September 7 to 26).
Long maceration for 20 to 30 days.
The wine is matured in new or one-wine oak casks for 12 months, punctuated by regular racking off.
We have produced 70,000 bottles of this vintage
When reviewing documents from Thierry’s grandfather, we notice that his comments carry true pearls of wisdom. This wine is a little like him.
Its ruby red colour is bright, but not excessively so.
The nose offers a generous aromatic richness, easily shared: wild blackberry and fig jam (a romantic tale), grey pepper (you need to change colour from time to time), open fireplace and benzoin.
The palate imparts reassuring roundedness, like grandpa’s words, despite dense and powerful tannins. The lingering notes are reminiscent of the schistous countryside under the southern sun.
Eggs poached in wine sauce with smoked bacon, Chabichou du Poitou goat cheese.