South of France, Languedoc, Quarante, Pech-Ménel
The vineyard is classed within the Appellation Saint-Chinian. Planted on slopes essentially facing to the south, the very stony soils are cultivated mechanically, with no use of herbicides.
A respectful approach has been adopted as regards treatments, through a balanced use of traditional and modern techniques to ensure the healthy growth of vines and berries. The winery, installed in the old buildings, is partly buried, which ensures a natural regulation of temperature. Winemaking calls for the use of traditional equipment, doted when necessary for quality needs with more modern features.
The property extends over 55 ha, of which 20 ha are today planted with vines. It is located at the heart of the garrigues, at varying altitude. The vegetation is typical to the Languedoc region, comprising a mixture of woodland (pines and kernel oaks) and scrub (gorse, thyme, lavender, rosemary, cyst and strawberry-tree).
This ancestral domain has been built up as a single holding, the vines just drawing their just share from the ‘garrigues’, fraying their way through the stones, absorbing the perfume of neighboring thyme, rosemary and lavender, to reveal the full expression of the ‘terroir’. Picked by hand, the fruit comes to life in different qualities of wines, conserving a certain savoirfaire and affirming the personality of the wines.
The Saint Chinian appellation: Half shale, half limestone
The antithesis of wine, schist and limestone, is the duality of Saint-Chinian. The contrasts are so obvious. 300 winegrowers, 20 villages… and yet, from this comes a unique ambition, that of expressing every nuance of these soils. The soils of the Pech Ménel estate are predominantly limestone.
Here, the limestone blends with bauxite, clay and “reptile sandstone”. The soil is very superficial, the stones are massive; the vine takes advantage of every gap to take root deeply, in the faults of the folded ground, in search of humidity.
The fragrant vegetation impregnates the wines with the scent of fresh garrigue. Each plot of land has its own olfactory signature.
The range of limestone reds is unlimited. From the extremely appealing wine in its youth to the terroir wine for ageing. From pleasure to emotion, there is a whole universe…
☞ Bright colour
☞ Nose of fresh red fruits
☞ A structure, a minerality
☞ With age, melted tannins
☞ A frank and lively attack
☞ Fruity aromas of citrus and apricot,
☞ Floral and dried fruit notes
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