This light Languedoc red is friendly and accessible - incredibly smooth and beautiful to drink. And it is biodynamic and organic too!
Lively, pure and well balanced, lusciously fruity.
Enjoy with friends around a board of charcuterie or grilled meats.
About the winemaker:
Julien and Delphine Zernott discovered this outlier property in 1997 whilst on the search for a home to raise their family in, well before the area became well known for wines in its own right.
The house sits on what is known as L’Escalette, the rugged limestone valley that runs from Lodeve, north up to the Larzac plateau and the Grands Causses. The vineyards sit both here, on these rugged limestone terraces (ancient alluvial forms) and on the south facing slopes of the east west orientated valley that lie to the west of Font del Sauze. There are 20 hectares spread over 50 parcels (terraces) planted between 300 and 375 metres, and in some cases surrounded by ancient stone walls (clapas), built from the removal of stones in the main vineyard.
The altitude, light footed approach to vineyard work and fast draining soils all combine to make wines which differ from those in the basin below, being lighter, mineral and driven by acidity more than alcohol. Grenache and Carignan make up the majority of the plantings, but there are younger plantings of Syrah, and old pockets of Cinsault, being used to great effect in both blends and a on its own. White varieties include Carignan Blanc, Terret Bouchet and Grenache Blanc and Gris.
The winery is newly built and contains the quiet confidence of a couple who know what they want and how to achieve the best from their vines. Everything is geared up to retain freshness, and elegance, and vinification is done in concrete cuves, kept cool buy the fact the cellar is built into the hillside. The ageing depends on the wines, but in order to be an appellation wine, they must spend 12 months in tank.
Sustainability rating: Great (3*)
The estate is certified in organic farming and biodynamics with Biodyvin. The viticulture is worked on biodynamic principles, using horse and tractor work when necessary.
Red. 13.5%Vol. Grenache 40%, Syrah 40% and Carignan 20%