About This Wine...
The ancient southern French wine-producing region of ‘La Clape’ is distinctly Mediterranean. The vineyards slope gently donw towards the shoreline and bask in over 300 days of sunshine per year. By night cool sea air carries with it moisture that not only allows the grapes to achieve their full flavour and ripeness but also imparts a freshness which is reflected in the elegant character of the finished wine.
The ‘Classique’ range of wines are smooth and impressive, made form hand-picked grapes and bottled at the estate.
Syrah (40%), Grenache (40%), Mourvèdre (20%).
Terroir: Hard limestone screes of the mountain of La Clape. Miocene pebble terrace. Warm and dry climate tempered by the Mediterranean. Slow ripening thanks to cooler nights on the shores of the sea.
Vineyard management: Sustainable practices according to ASCERT charter for respect of the environment and complexity of the wine: composted pomace amendment, crushed unwanted shoots, plowing, biodegradable sprays, no insecticides.
Harvest: Two-months-long picking according to maturity of each variety. Grapes are hand-selected.
Vinification: Total de-stemming, juice is gravity-fed into vats, traditional temperature-controlled fermentation. Long maceration (30 days) with no trituration so as to extract only the finest elements.
Ageing: Development of complexity and natural stabilisation in vats during 18 months. Static clarification by gravity, no fining nor filtrating.
In the glass: Deep red colour with black highlights.The aroma evokes ripe red and black fruits such as blackcurrant and also pepper and liquorice. Smooth, fruity and balanced wine, structured by delicate and silky tannins.
Ageing potential: Enjoy fresh and fruity in the first 5 years. Ageing potential of 8 to 10 years.
Food pairing: Nicely complements cold cuts, red grilled meats or in sauce, cheeses.
What they say:
“Syrah for fruit and spices delicately vinified and blended with Grenache for roundness, a dash of Mourvèdre giving structure and the refreshing minty touch from the terroir of La Clape appellation.A tasty, smooth and balanced wine to enjoy without complexes!” Eric Fabre, winemaker
“A typical Languedoc blend of 40% Syrah, 40% Grenache, 20% Mourvèdre that is already both complete and extremely seductive. I was very taken by the fineness of the tannins (a Lafite trick?) as well as by the density of flavour.” WIne of the week by Jancis Robinson
“Soft, brambly nose and ripe fruit on the palate. From grape bathed in sunshine.” 17,5/20 Decanter (Feb 2012)