12 hectares of Languedocian wine
Our vine yard consists of approximately 12 hectares and is comprised as follows: 4.5 ha of
carignan, 3.5 hectares of Grenache. 1 hectare of mourvedre, 1 hectare of cinsault and 2,5 hectares of syrah and 0.5 hectares of vermentino.
Vines aged between 35 and 80 years
Our Carignan vines are now between 65 to 80 years old. They are growing in hot stony well filtered soil where the heat and the porosity ensure low yields: 30 hectoliters per hectare.
It also ensures an optimum healthy ripening of the grapes. This particular grape variety ripens late and it is essential that we are able to wait for the grapes to fully ripen to ensure a good acidity and natural spiciness. We often harvest the grapes at the end of September or even as late as the beginning of October as a good maturity allows for a long ‘maceration' process.
The grenache, cinsault and syrah grape varieties were planted in 1980 by Charles Giner on land reclaimed from the ‘garrigue' amongst the wild countryside of thyme, lavender and junipers at 330 meters above sea level. These Mediterranean vines find here the early warmth which is essential for the development of the grapes, and the cool summer nights which guarantee the full blossoming of their flavour encapturing the perfumes of the ‘garrigue'.
The mourvèdre grows on shallow, calcium rich clay soil. The calcified rocks, gently distil the water through the soil and allows the late ripening mourvedre a long and slow maturation.