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PRESS GUIDES: spring 2016

MILLESIMES 2016

Domaine la CROIX CHAPTAL  ❤❤❤❤❤

An estate divided into 20 ha of vineyard and 10 ha of woodland. “Being ecologically accountable while never giving in to any form of ideological fundamentalism” says the passionate wine-grower. “For example, ever since 2000, with other colleagues of mine, wine-growers in Terrasses du Larzac, we have developed integrated farming practice and we actively continue today. We aim at respecting the terroir in order to get the best out of it thanks to a natural grass cover and as little outside intervention as possible in order for the soil to fully live (worms, bacteria). We want te revive biodiversity, to find the best balance between the respect of the soil, of the air (by controlling CO2 emissions) and Man. We are looking for the pleasure of authenticity, we also let time do its work without speeding up” 

Coteaux-du-Languedoc Terrasses du Larzac Cuvée Charles 2012, 35% Syrah, 35% Grenache, 15% Carignan et 15% Mourvèdre on rounded stones and gravel with some red clay, hand-picked harvest. The outcome is this full-bodied and voluptuous wine with rich and well-balanced tannins, an intense nose (blackberry, redcurrant, spices…) and a fully rounded mouth. 

Terrasses du Larzac Le Secret de Gellone 2013 (Carignan, Grenache, Mourvèdre et Syrah), is distinctive as it combines power and elegance with its powerful aromas of red fruits characterized by a smoky and peppery finish. Its palate is unctuous with underlying tannins that are enhanced. Serve with a young goat with sorrel or pork chops with lentils.

 Fine Coteaux du Languedoc Les Sigillées rosé 2015, 100% fruity, both sharp and generous, finely spicy, dry and voluptuous at the same time ; just as the Coteaux du Languedoc cuvée les Sigillées blanc 2014, with aromas of walnut and citrus fruit and a long-lasting finish.
 

Guide DVE   Printemps 2016 : Translation in GB

Witiza 2012 Terrasses du Larzac  A.O.P. : 94/ 100
Cépages : 15% Grenache, 40% Mourvèdre, 35% Syrah, 10% Carignan

Intense garnet-red color with a few remaining deep purple highlights, it is bright and limpid. Fine packaging. The nose is strong and suggestive as it offers balsamic and « garrigue » overtones (thyme, sage, bay leaf, olive tree leaf and cade), notes of licorice and graphite, of juicy sun-filled black fruits (blackberry and blackcurrant) and finally mineral nuances of graphite and fresh tar. When it is aerated, the nose is completed by overtones of ageing (mocha, toasted notes, ground coffee and chocolate sweet with macerated morello cherry). In the mouth, it is a tender, full-bodied, dense and velvety elixir. It is lush and generous with a voluptuous structure in which its power is now fully integrated. The whole displays fullness with this perfectly mastered skin-deep structure. In spite of its powerful character, the tannins are finely melted. Equally successful are the aromas which combine fruit, spices and overtones of ageing.
Long-lasting in the mouth.
D.V.E. opinion : a sappy but also very refined Terrasses du Larzac in which a terroir is fully expressed.

Ageing capacity: 4 to 5 years. Température de service : entre 17-18°C.
Prix départ caveau T.T.C. 25 €

Cuvée Charles 2013 Terrasses du Larzac  A.O.P : 92/ 100
Cépages : 33% Grenache, 35% Syrah et 32% Carignan.

Garnet-red color, very fine aspect and firmness with perhaps the very beginning of an evolution on the edge of the disc. It is limpid and bright with body and fine tears. The nose is very pleasant with a successful combination between balsamic notes (aromatic herbs such as thyme, sage, bayleaf and eucalyptus) and hints of ageing (roasted coffee and mocha) which do not take the upper hand over fruity notes (slightly stewed strawberry, raspberry and cherry). When aerated, this Mediterranean feeling is enhanced by a tinge of licorice and a nuance of salt. Superb palate with a soft, full and scented first impression. As it evolves, it becomes more fleshy and somewhat powerful but still on the velvety side and above all with a very convincing combination of fruits, licorice and the well-integrated hints of ageing. Overall, it is elegant and characteristic with generous flesh and stylish tannins. Long lasting finish.
D.V.E. opinion: a superb bottle of high birth ; a success, undeniably pure aromas.

Durée de Garde: dans les 4 à 6 ans. Température de service : entre 17-18°C.
Prix départ caveau T.T.C. 15 €

Le secret de Gellone 2013 Terrasses du Larzac  A.O.P.: 89/ 100
Cépages : Grenache, Mourvèdre, Syrah, Carignan.

Rather deep garnet color with bigarreau cherry highlights. It is shiny and limpid with fine tears. Strong nose which successfully combines licorice and a wealth of aromatic herbs followed by overtones of small stone fruit and more mineral notes (schist and rounded stone). Its undeniable Mediterranean identity pleasantly comes out in the scent of “garrigue” and in its mineral character. In the mouth, this wine displays a rather silky, and even velvety, texture and a strength concentrated in its flesh. The first taste is straightforward, fresh and voluptuous; then as it evolves, a fruity texture coats the melting tannins. The whole comes along with an appropriate tinge of freshness. A lingering finish on overtones of scrubland, spices and licorice closely binds all the above. Some tannins enhance the finish but will have no trouble melting. We appreciate the freshness and the mineral character of this wine.
D.V.E.opinion : an engaging, typical and finely crafted aromatic expression.

Durée de Garde: dans les 3 à 4 ans. Température de service : entre 17-18°C.

Prix départ caveau T.T.C. 12 €

Les Sigillées Rouge 2015 : Languedoc  A.O.P. : 87/ 100
Cépages : 65% Grenache, 15% Mourvèdre, 10% Carignan, 10% Syrah

In its youth, this wine is slightly ruby-colored with bright and limpid deep purple highlights. The nose is pleasant, straight forward and voluptuous, it conjures up small very ripe – even slightly stewed – red fruits like wild strawberry, raspberry, cherry and redcurrant. After aerating, notes of aromatic herbs (thyme, bay leaf) and “garrigue” crop up and give it a Mediterranean identity. In the mouth, the first taste is generous and fleshy and voluptuously gives off notes of fruits and licorice. As it evolves, it displays a rather good fleshy texture and an already silky and melted structure. The whole is pleasant, round and supple, with already melted tannins and a freshness which leads the wine up to the finish that offers spices as well as a hint of violet.
D.V.E.opinion : a voluptuous wine crunchy with fruits and marked by a Mediterranean identity.

Durée de Garde: dans les 2 à 3 ans. Température de service : entre 15-16°C.
Prix départ caveau T.T.C. 8 €

Les Sigillées 2015 Languedoc  A.O.P. : 86/ 100
Cépages : 40% Grenache Gris et Noir, 20% Mourvèdre, 20% Syrah, 20% Carignan.

Raspberry-red color with « Claret » highlights which keeps on being finely bright and limpid ; fine aspect. The first nose verges on very ripe - even overripe - red fruits (strawberry, raspberry and cherry flesh); then comes a floral bouquet of dried flowers and aromatic herbs. It is rather original and characteristic with, when it is aerated, nuances of citrus fruit rather close to blood orange. In the mouth, it is a very supple wine with a generous, round and fleshy first taste in which the same overtones of flowers and very ripe fruits can be felt. As it evolves, it keeps this roundness brought by the acidulous notes of citrus fruit still on blood orange and pink grapefruit. It is a wine meant for gastronomy with a finish where the rather soft Mediterranean touch can be felt.
D.V.E. opinion : undoubtedly a  rosé to accompany rather substantial dishes.
Ageing capacity: up to one year.
Température de service : entre 10-11°C.
Prix départ caveau T.T.C. 8 €

Clairette Blanche 2013 Clairette du Languedoc  A.O.P. : 90/ 100
Intense golden yellow color, very bright and limpid with a rather good viscous aspect, fine presentation. The nose is generous, it gives off hints of toasted grapes and of white fruits; then come buttery and pastry hints along with a bouquet of acacia, bee wax and pollen. Dry fruits, even overtones of walnut, can also be felt, it is rather complex and evolving. In the mouth, the wine is very supple with a powerful, generous and very unctuous first taste. As it evolves, it keeps being generous and supple with a satisfactory balance between fat and freshness. The whole is well made and original, nuances of almond and hazelnut along with long-lasting aromas of vanilla can be felt. It is a white wine meant to accompany a meal.
D.V.E. opinion : a definitely typical character for this fat wine to be chosen for gastronomy cooking.

Ageing capacity: within 3 years. Température de service : entre 9-11°C.
Prix départ caveau T.T.C. 10 €
 

PRESS GUIDES 2015

Cuvée Charles 2012 
Terrasses du Larzac - verre45 out of verre50

In the nose, black fruits like blackberry and cherry with liquorice and soft spices. In the mouth, dry fruits like date and raisins. Very ripe and voluptuous fruit but also an utterly mineral freshness. Superb balance. To be paired with lamb chops and ratatouille.

Les Sigillées Blanc 2014
Coteaux du Languedoc - verre40 out of verre50
Fresh fruit like pear, peach and mirabelle plum with slight aromas of rose. The mouthfeel is also fruity and slightly verging on stewed fruit. It is light with a buttery texture. To be paired with monkfish cheeks in parsley sauce.
 

DUSSERT-GERBER
PREMIER GRAND VIN CLASSÉ
Prize of Honour
verre50/ verre50
The recommended winemakers in their appellation combine both talent and passion without being influenced by passing trends... everything that we appreciate

An estate divided into 20 ha of vineyard and 10 ha of woodland. “Being ecologically accountable while never giving in to any form of ideological fundamentalism” says the passionate wine-grower. “For example, ever since 2000, with other colleagues of mine, wine-growers in Terrasses du Larzac, we have developed integrating farming practice and we actively continue today. We aim at respecting the terroir in order to get the best out of it thanks to a natural grass cover, as little outside intervention as possible in order for the soil to fully live (worms, bacteria). We want te revive biodiversity, to find the best balance between the respect of the soil, of the air (by controlling CO2 emissions) and Man. We are looking for the pleasure of authenticity, we also let time do its work without speeding up”

The Coteaux-du-Languedoc Terrasses du Larzac cuvée Charles 2012 is true to itself. 35% Syrah, 35% Grenache, 15% Carignan and 15% Mourvèdre are grown on a soil of rounded stones and gravel with some red clay. The grapes are harvested by hand. All that contributes to produce this wine which shows body and tannins, a structure both dense and supple, overtones of violet, blackcurrant and prune. It is intense in the mouth, which also applies to this other Terrasses du Larzac Le Secret de Gellone 2012 (Carignan, Grenache, Mourvèdre and Syrah), a full-bodied wine with prevailing notes of leather and ripe blackcurrant as well as melted but very dense tannins. It combines colour and texture, has a pleasant spicy finish and evolves perfectly.

The Coteaux du Languedoc Les Sigillées rosé 2013, ever so fruity and combining sharpness and generosity. It is subtly spicy, both dry and voluptuous and full of aromas in the mouth. The Coteaux-du-Languedoc cuvée Terrasses du Larzac Les Terrasses rouge 2012, 35% Syrah, 35% Grenache and30% Mourvèdre shows integrated tannins and is as fleshy as is expected, generous and distinctive with its intense crimson colour and its notes of fresh red stone fruit and humus. The Coteaux du Languedoc cuvée les Sigillées blanc 2014 with its aromas of walnut and citrus fruit combines elegance, a powerful structure and a very good length. It is powerfully aromatic as is the Clairette Du Languedoc Clairette Blanche 2012 with its lingering and complex bouquet of peach and verbena. It is a fine and elegant wine with a pleasant fruity finish. Here comes the amazing Clairette Du Languedoc Rancio 2009, November harvest, traditional vinification in oak barrels, a 24-month ageing in barrels and 15 months in tanks. It displays a lingering bouquet of lime and dried apricot as well as fine generosity. It is complex and lingering in the mouth


Clairette Rancio November harvest 2009 **2 stars

Here is a sweet Clairette of the rancio type – an exceptional wine – harvested on a glorious day in November 2009. A wine as finely crafted as a jewel. Behind a bright amber colour, the powerful aromas will not surprise you: candied orange, gingerbread, fresh walnut and dried apricot. Its sweet, silky and very ripe mouthfeel is completed by great cocoa overtones. Goes well with a chocolate fondant
 



Cuvée Charles 2012 Languedoc Terrasses du Larzac - 89/100

Garnet-red colour. Fine nose and discreet wood on a background of fig and soft spices. Very supple, well-balanced mouth. We can appreciate its genuine aromas that are beginning to evolve, its melted wood, its well-mastered warmth.

A high-flying Larzac.

Clairette Blanche 2013 –Clairette du Languedoc –88/100
Deep golden colour. Fine nose with white fruits, herb tea and almond. Supple and easy-drinking mouth with pure and authentic flavours. We are close to the texture and aromas. The body does not overwhelm everything on its way.

A white for gastronomy

Le Secret de Gellone 2012 Languedoc Terrasses du Larzac - 88/100
Garnet-red colour. Nose marked by typical aromas from Languedoc (fig, black olive, pepper, « garrigue »). A well-mastered structure goes along with refined and typical flavours far from being excessively warm and powerful.  
A lot of charm for this charming and tasty wine.

Les Terrasses 2013 Languedoc Terrasses du Larzac - 87/100
Fine deep colour with garnet-red tints. Clear-cut nose with ripe black fruits, spicy overall background. The mouth turns out to be particularly soft and supple with fruitiness dominating and also with freshness.

A voluptuous and easy-drinking Larzac, typical though.
 

Cuvée Charles 2012 Terrasses du Larzac - 91/ 100
Ruby colour with garnet-red hints and even the very first signs of evolution on the brim of the glass. It is deep, limpid, bright and adequately viscous with numerous tears. The nose is expressive and open, it reveals the trilogy of Languedoc wines with aromas of stewed fruits (strawberry, raspberry, cherry), Mediterranean aromas which blend spices, juniper and “tapenade” and finally aromas resulting from ageing (soft spices, salted meat, new leather). Within this complex nose, there are also overtones of liquorice, tar and graphite. The mouth is in keeping with the nose with an expressive and juicy fruit, a well-balanced ageing and a Mediterranean identity which does justice to it. This wine is quite rich, harmonious, velvety and elegant while possessing a texture, the concentration and power of which have already been softened. It is entirely successful with a lingering finish completing that sunny palette.

D.V.E. opinion : typical Languedoc which already displays a great harmony and a velvety character.

Food & Wine pairing : veal kidneys with oyster mushrooms or a baked leg of lamb with ratatouille.

Le Secret de Gellone 2012 Terrasses du Larzac - 90/ 100
A sustained garnet-red hue with a young fringe, fine aspect. It is expressive in the nose with the blending of both ageing and fruity aromas. Little by little, the aromas of roasted coffee, smoke and cocoa beans make room for  stewed fruit and black berries (blackberry, blueberry and blackcurrant) as well as macerated stone fruit like morello cherry with chocolate. Aeration adds a balsamic dimension verging on black olive and Provence herbs. In the mouth, it is rounded and classy with a softened structure which appears today harmonious, full and velvety. Its tannins are melted while keeping their dense character. On the level of aromas, we find again the same complex balance between terroir and ageing for our greatest happiness. Here we have a fine Languedoc wine, well-made, well-aged and which, in our opinion, still has great years ahead of it.

D.V.E. opinion: an engaging Mediterranean character and a softened fine texture.

Food & Wine pairing: quails coated with black cherry jam along with roasted vegetables or stewed veal breast

Les Terrasses 2013 Terrasses du Larzac - 88/ 100
Rather deep colour close to that of bigarreau cherry, with already garnet-red hints. It is limpid and bright with numerous tears, it is pleasantly viscous. The nose is highly typical with Mediterranean and balsamic aromas (“garrigue”, thyme, bayleaf, eucalyptus and spices) as well as overtones of cooked fruits not to say aromas of slightly macerated morello cherry and sloe. When aired, you can perceive flavours of salted meat, cade and liquorice. The mouthfeel is rich and full-bodied with a rather fleshy impression and intensely expressed black fruits. After it has evolved, you can feel structure, concentration with a generous texture and a genuine tannic foundation. Such density and texture as well as definite Mediterranean character are greatly appreciated. This is quality wine with tannins which are clearly expressed in the finish.

D.V.E. opinion: this is a very typical, highly-born wine which can either be appreciated now with a substantial dish or for which one can wait a little.

Food & Wine pairing: baked pork or barbecued beef ribs

 

The Coteaux-du-Languedoc Terrasses du Larzac Cuvée Charles 2010 (35% Syrah, 35% Grenache, 15% Carignan and 15% Mourvèdre on soils made of rounded stones, pebbles and some red clay – hand-picked grapes), characterized by hints of macerated red fruits and by a dense and lingering mouthfeel, goes perfectly well with a leg of lamb, for example.

There is also the Coteaux-du-Languedoc cuvée Terrasses du Larzac
Les Terrasses rouge 2012, with its melted tannins. It is as fleshy as it should be, rich and typical, with a deeply crimson colour and a fine scent (fresh red stone fruit, undergrowth…).

The Coteaux du Languedoc cuvée les Sigillées white 2013 blends aromatic richness and finesse with overtones of walnut and quince. It is indeed charming just like the rosé 2013 and the Clairette blanche 2013 wafting aromas of fresh almond and white peach.
 

PRESS GUIDES 2014

Clairette Blanche 2010 Clairette du Languedoc – 84/100 

Light golden yellow colour. A nose of white fruit with a hint of almond. A classical style, a rather round wine blending fruity aromas and slightly bitter notes. Fish in creamy sauce on the menu.

Les Sigillées 2011 Languedoc Rosé - 89/100

Light red colour. An inviting nose of ripe fruit, spices and mineral notes. Round and ample in the mouth, silky texture, a rich and well-balanced range of aromas. A very refined rosé to be served along with a fine dish.

Les Terrasses 2010 Languedoc Terrasses du Larzac - 87/100

Deep colour connoting youth. Intense nose with notes of Mediterranean olive-based spread “Tapenade” and black cherry as well as a hint of chocolate and mocha. Ample and powerful in the mouth with intense aromas. A peppery hint improves its finish. This wine radiates the south, the sun.

Cuvée Charles 2009 Languedoc Terrasses du Larzac - 87/100

A brightly young colour. A fine nose with a chocolate woody aroma standing out against a background of stone fruit. Well-balanced mouth endowed with great freshness. As the woody character does not hide the fruit, we appreciate its typical and straightforward aromas. A well-mastered Larzac wine.

Witiza 2009 Languedoc Terrasses du Larzac - 89/100

Deep colour, connoting youth. Fine and heady nose, delicate blending of cherry in brandy, spices and mocha. Mellow and supple mouth, delicate aromas coated with freshness. A refined Larzac wine for a most elegant match between dishes and wines.
 

Clairette Blanche 2010 – * (one star)

Charles-Walter Pacaud proves that Clairette-du-Languedoc can also stand up to Time thanks to this cuvée, one part of which is vinified in tanks and the other in barrels, and which is then left to mature slowly on fine lees. This cuvee is arrayed in a straw yellow colour and gives off a bouquet both floral and fruity as well as mineral and licorice. In the mouth, roundness dominates, in a way echoing the rounded stones and pebbles of the Villafrancian terrace upon which Clairette Blanche thrives. Here it is in no way heavy, thanks to a fine liveliness which gives energy to the whole wine. Today or in two to three years’ time, it will go well with seafood in garlic butter or an angler with bacon for example.
 

Very charming and well thought-out, the wines from this domaine definitely get off the beaten tracks and deserve to be tasted on account of their outstanding capacity to accompany meals.

Clairette Vieilles Vignes 2010 – 14,5/20

Certainly the best cuvée of the domaine, characterized by both the bitter and smooth quality of this variety that is particularly well handled here.

Les Sigillées Blanc 2012 – 13/20

Fresh and tight white wine supported by notes of citrus and exotic fruit as well as hints of bitterness. It will prove to be a worthwhile experience with the fat oysters from the Thau basin enjoyed under a shady arbour.
 

DUSSERT-GERBER

TOP APPELLATION COTEAUX-DU-LANGUEDOC
Domaine la
CROIX CHAPTALPREMIER GRAND VIN CLASSÉ

A genuine and very steady quality.Undeniable know-how and quality-price ratio. Great “favourite wines”.

An estate spreading over 25ha of vineyards and 10ha of woodland. The different plots, ideally situated a few hundred yards from the cellar, are hand-harvested by a team of around fifteen people. Thus, the first sorting out of the grapes can be carried out in the vineyard. Although the owners previously worked in wine-making companies known for their innovations, they do not hesitate to revive the tradition when the latter can bring about improvements quality-wise. Hence, the red wines are the result of long macerations, of the natural decantation due to winter frosts and of a second fermentation when the first sunrays appear in spring. Traditional ageing in oak barrels goes along with regular topping up. Excellent Coteaux-du-Languedoc cuvée Terrasses du Larzac La Grive et l'Ortolan rouge 2009 mainly made from Grenache, Carignan and Syrah. Hand-picked harvest with systematic sorting out, traditional vinification with a very short stay in barrels. This wine is well-structured with aromas of small red stone fruit and smoked wood prevailing in the nose. It is a powerful wine evolving in a very promising way. The Coteaux-du-Languedoc Terrasses du Larzac Cuvée Charles 2009 (36% Syrah, 25% Grenache, 20% Carignan et 19% Mourvèdre on a soil of rounded stones and gravel with some red clay, hand-picked harvest), is characterized by notes of macerated red berries and a plump and lingering mouthfeel. It goes perfectly well with a leg of lamb. There is also the Coteaux-du-Languedoc Terrasses du Larzac cuvée Les Terrasses rouge 2009 which proves as intense in the nose as in the mouth. It is finely concentrated, its cherry-like nose is slightly spicy and still a little closed. Fine Clairette Du Languedoc 2010, 100% Clairette blanche, exhaling subtle aromas of almond and linden, a smooth but lively character with the same fine floral mouthfeel as the Coteaux-du-Languedoc Les Sigillées rosé 2012 which combines freshness and elegance and whose mouth is subtly aromatic and lingering (newly redesigned label). Do not hesitate.
 

Witiza 2009 Terrasses du Larzac - 91/ 100

Fine garnet color, of medium intensity, bright and shining, fine-looking. The nose is both pleasant and inviting. It combines on the one hand very ripe, almost candied red berries: strawberry and raspberry, black berries : blackberry, blueberry; all that blended with notes of scrubland and sweet spices: vanilla and cinnamon with a slight touch of mocha. The mouth reveals a well-structured wine, full-bodied and plump. At first, the palate is ample and round with a pure and precise expression of small black berries. When evolving, the mouthfeel remains rather crunchy and dense, the tannins are then obtrusive but noble and fine. This wine seems still young, however there is already a harmonious feeling in spite of its robust and solid character. It will delight the amateurs of strong sensations who are also attached to a certain decency and restraint, even in a display of strength. One thing is certain, it has the necessary qualities: great fruit, fine acidity and a rich texture to delight our palates.

D.V.E. suggestion: For demanding amateurs who like full-bodied wines.

Food & Wine Pairing: Venison with sweet potatoes or marengo veal.

Les Terrasses 2010 Terrasses du Larzac - 89/ 100

Fine ruby color, still young, quite deep, bright and shining with fine tears. The nose reveals very ripe red berries : crushed strawberry, raspberry but also morello cherry, with notes of spices up to a mineral, licorice hint. Giving air confirms the first nose with undertones of "garrigue", animal flavours and black olives. Fine energy with an ample, round and fleshy start. The fruit is still present. Evolution shows power with a tight and dense mouthfeel and structured tannins that stand out but remain integrated to enough body. This wine is charming and harmonious but will become even better with a little more time.

D.V.E. suggestion: Very reliable quality Mediterranean wine.

Food & Wine Pairing: Braised lamb shanks with rosemary or wild duck with kumquat.

Clairette Blanche 2010 Clairette du Languedoc - 85/ 100

Fine straw colour with golden and silver hints, clear and shining, fine-looking. The nose conjures up white fruits and stewed fruit on a vanilla and dried fruit background, and even a buttery note. The mouth is supple and fat, and reveals the rich character already perceived in the nose. The evolution is in the same tone with a full-bodied and generous texture as well as a suave expression. Well-balanced and well-made.

D.V.E. suggestion: Fat wine to pair with a fish in sauce.

Food & Wine Pairing: Sole fillet with supreme sauce or grilled turbot with seafood sauce.
 

Witiza 2009 Terrasses du Larzac -

A fine nose of roasted raspberry, spices and pepper, notes of mint and « garrigue ». The mouth is full-bodied, spicy, with notes of cherry, cocoa, toast and toasted tannins. To pair with partridge.

Les Terrasses 2010 Terrasses du Larzac -

A nose dominated by black cherry, balsamic notes and pinewood. A fleshy and fruity mouthfeel, with aromatic freshness and liquorice tannins. To pair with a casseroled veal chop.

Les Sigillées 2011 rouge Coteaux du Languedoc  -

Notes of « garrigue », spices, grilled red berries. The mouth is supple, aromatic, with cocoa tannins. To pair with grilled lamb.
 

This year again , the wine guides recommend Domaine La Croix Chaptal.
 

               GUIDE HACHETTE WINE GUIDE 2012

AOC Coteaux du Languedoc Rosé Papillon 2010– 2 stars

Charles Pacaud discovered the Terrasses du Larzac terroir while he was studying viticulture and oenology in Montpellier. His dream came true in 1999 when he bought this vineyard created by the Benedictine monks of Gellone Abbey in the Xth century. He manages the vineyard by applying eco-friendly methods : harvesting by hand, local yeasts, no chemical products. Here is a superb dark purple rosé with fuchsia glints, its nose is powerful and complex with aromas of red fruits ( raspberry, wild strawberry). It is round, soft and rich in the mouth. A slightly bitter final touch brings freshness and complexity. This is a charming rosé which can accompany a meal. Great combination with a fish pie from Sète ( tielle sétoise) or with grilled fish.

 

                BETTANE AND DESSEAUVE WINE GUIDE 2012

AOC Coteaux du Languedoc Rosé Les Sigillées 2009

At its best until 2012

The style of this rosé will please those who do not like rosés. With a touch of caramel when you first taste it, it may puzzle some people and delight those who appreciate a rather sweet final touch.One more year gives it surprising complexity.

It will prove to be a great experience with a meal.

 

               GILBERT AND GAILLARD GUIDE 2012

Clairette Blanche 2009 Clairette du Languedoc A.O.C. -  85/100

Rather deep golden colour. Fine nose with hints of hazelnut, almond and vanilla. Definitely round and lush in the mouth.  A mellow, juicy texture, very distinctive aromas of dried fruits. A white wine fit for a meal, it will go well with poultry in a cream sauce.

Les Terrasses 2007 Languedoc Terrasses du Larzac A.O.C. -  86/100

A concentrated colour with glints that bespeak evolution. A mature nose exhaling plum, black cherry and spices. The same impression of maturity is present in the mouth where stewed fruit is dominant. A straightforward and balanced Languedoc to accompany roasted meat or meats in sauce.

Cuvée Charles 2008 Languedoc Terrasses du Larzac A.O.C. -  88/100

A concentrated colour with slight orangey glints. Aromas of stewed fruit, spices and undergrowth in the nose. Perfectly mature mouth which is balanced and round and  puts forward distinct and typical aromas. Strength is present too, this is a fully achieved vintage indeed, ready to drink.

 

                 DUSSERT-GERBER GUIDE 2012

An estate spreading over of 25ha of vineyards and 10ha of woodland. The different plots, ideally situated a few hundred yards from the cellar, are hand-harvested by a team of around fifteen people. Thus, the first sorting out of the grapes can be carried out in the vineyard. Although the owners previously worked in wine-making companies known for their innovations, they do not hesitate to revive the tradition when the latter can bring about improvements quality-wise. Hence, the red wines are the result of long macerations,of the natural decantation due to winter frosts and of a second fermentation when the first sunrays appear in Spring. Traditional ageing in oak barrels goes along with regular topping up.

Fine Coteaux du Languedoc cuvée Déodat de Séverat 2006, low-yielding Syrah with a tinge of Grenache and Carignan. Every year, one or several plots are especially prepared for low yields (17 to 25 hl/ha).

Coteaux du Languedoc Les Sigillées rosé 2009 which displays a bright colour and a delicate nose with aromas of citrus and fresh fruit is indeed mellow and persistent.

Fine Clairette du Languedoc Vieilles Vignes 2008 Clairette Blanche, aged in new oak barrels (30%) and in tanks on lees (70%) which exhales undertones of ripe citrus fruit and narcissus, this wine is both mellow and lively.

Delicious Coteaux du Languedoc Les Sigillées Blanc 2010, a fine wine in which overall mellowness backs up a final touch characterised by aromas of fresh citrus fruit.

Coteaux du Languedoc Terrasses du Larzac Cuvée Charles 2008 ( about one third of each variety Grenache, Syrah and Carignan grown on soils of rounded stones and pebbles with some red clay) is harmonious in the mouth with noticeable tannins and complex aromas of small stewed fruits.

Fine Coteaux du Languedoc Rosé Papillon. Do not hesitate either.

 

Infos guides 2011

Consecration for the Terrasses du Larzac

The renowned French wine Guide Bettane & Desseauve 2011 praises the Terrasses du Larzac as Appellation of the year. Extract:

A thirty-year long work. The denomination Terrasses du Larzac was born out of the imagination of professional winemakers, when they decided to distinguish some deserving terroirs from the wide AOC Coteaux-du Languedoc. This geological area of fracture between the Larzac plateau and the Mediterranean sea, located in the North of the Hérault department, has an incredible potential for winegrowing.

A true terroir. At this time, a precise cartography of the best terroirs is being defined in Languedoc. This sudden raising of the Massif Central mountains, has given birth to a land that has many assets: hillsides and terraces exposures, diversified soils and subsoils (clayey-calcareous, granitic sands, schistes…) and a medium altitude that favours fresher nights than in the heart of Languedoc. 

Obvious talent. A great terroir is nothing without great winegrowers and winemakers to interpret it. There is no shortage of such men and women in the area. Many styles of great wines are represented in the Terrasses du Larzac.

 

This year again , the wine guides recommend Domaine La Croix Chaptal.

 

               GUIDE HACHETTE WINE GUIDE 2012

Rosé Papillon 2010– 2 stars

AOC Coteaux du Languedoc

Charles Pacaud discovered the Terrasses du Larzac terroir while he was studying viticulture and oenology in Montpellier. His dream came true in 1999 when he bought this vineyard created by the Benedictine monks of Gellone Abbey in the Xth century. He manages the vineyard by applying eco-friendly methods : harvesting by hand, local yeasts, no chemical products. Here is a superb dark purple rosé with fuchsia glints, its nose is powerful and complex with aromas of red fruits ( raspberry, wild strawberry). It is round, soft and rich in the mouth. A slightly bitter final touch brings freshness and complexity. This is a charming rosé which can accompany a meal. Great combination with a fish pie from      Sète ( tielle sétoise) or with grilled fish.

 

                BETTANE AND DESSEAUVE WINE GUIDE 2012

 

Rosé Les Sigillées 2009
AOC Coteaux du Languedoc

 

At its best until 2012

The style of this rosé will please those who do not like rosés. With a touch of caramel when you first taste it, it may puzzle some people and delight those who appreciate a rather sweet final touch.One more year gives it surprising complexity.

It will prove to be a great experience with a meal.

 

 

               GILBERT AND GAILLARD GUIDE 2012

Clairette Blanche 2009 Clairette du Languedoc A.O.C. -  85/100

Rather deep golden colour. Fine nose with hints of hazelnut, almond and vanilla. Definitely round and lush in the mouth.  A mellow, juicy texture, very distinctive aromas of dried fruits. A white wine fit for a meal, it will go well with poultry in a cream sauce.

Les Terrasses 2007 Languedoc Terrasses du Larzac A.O.C. -  86/100

A concentrated colour with glints that bespeak evolution. A mature nose exhaling plum, black cherry and spices. The same impression of maturity is present in the mouth where stewed fruit is dominant. A straightforward and balanced Languedoc to accompany roasted meat or meats in sauce.

Cuvée Charles 2008 Languedoc Terrasses du Larzac A.O.C. -  88/100

A concentrated colour with slight orangey glints. Aromas of stewed fruit, spices and undergrowth in the nose. Perfectly mature mouth which is balanced and round and  puts forward distinct and typical aromas. Strength is present too, this is a fully achieved vintage indeed, ready to drink.

  

 

                 DUSSERT-GERBER GUIDE 2012

An estate spreading over of 25ha of vineyards and 10ha of woodland. The different plots, ideally situated a few hundred yards from the cellar, are hand-harvested by a team of around fifteen people. Thus, the first sorting out of the grapes can be carried out in the vineyard. Although the owners previously worked in wine-making companies known for their innovations, they do not hesitate to revive the tradition when the latter can bring about improvements quality-wise. Hence, the red wines are the result of long macerations,of the natural decantation due to winter frosts and of a second fermentation when the first sunrays appear in Spring. Traditional ageing in oak barrels goes along with regular topping up.

Fine Coteaux du Languedoc cuvée Déodat de Séverat 2006, low-yielding Syrah with a tinge of Grenache and Carignan. Every year, one or several plots are especially prepared for low yields (17 to 25 hl/ha).

Coteaux du Languedoc Les Sigillées rosé 2009 which displays a bright colour and a delicate nose with aromas of citrus and fresh fruit is indeed mellow and persistent.

Fine Clairette du Languedoc Vieilles Vignes 2008 Clairette Blanche, aged in new oak barrels (30%) and in tanks on lees (70%) which exhales undertones of ripe citrus fruit and narcissus, this wine is both mellow and lively.

Delicious Coteaux du Languedoc Les Sigillées Blanc 2010, a fine wine in which overall mellowness backs up a final touch characterised by aromas of fresh citrus fruit.

Coteaux du Languedoc Terrasses du Larzac Cuvée Charles 2008 ( about one third of each variety Grenache, Syrah and Carignan grown on soils of rounded stones and pebbles with some red clay) is harmonious in the mouth with noticeable tannins and complex aromas of small stewed fruits.

Fine Coteaux du Languedoc Rosé Papillon. Do not hesitate either.

 

               HUBERT GUIDE 2011

Cuvée Charles 2008  - hints of leather, of flower and ripe red fruits, of licorice. Softened and aromatic mouth with round tannins and freshness. Will go well with roasted beef.

Les Terrasses 2007  - nose on the wild side, hinting at leather, “garrigue” and laurel. Fruity and aromatic mouth with peppery tannins and a spicy final touch. Will go well with stewed game.

Clairette du Languedoc 2009  - undertones of very ripe peach but also smoky aromas along with a smooth and round, spicy and mature mouth. Will go well with salt cod puree.

 

               GUIDE FLAVOURS FROM FRANCE 2011

Clairette blanche 2008 - 90/100 intense, bright and clear golden colour and fine aspect. It has a great potential for evolution and shows great complexity with, in the nose, hints  of roasted grapes, floral aromas (acacia), aromas of dried fruits, of butter, of beewax and a smoky final touch. It is rich in the mouth and its attack is powerful, ample and rich. Its evolution conveys a welcome freshness and hints of dried fruits, the wood is perfectly mellow. The final taste is long and spicy verging on cinnamon and vanilla.

A fine white, for gastronomy - To be drunk : up to 5 years from now.

Wine and dishes : salmon and marinated shrimp brochette

Cuvée Charles 2006 – 89/100  bright, clear, deep garnet-coloured red with a few traces of evolution around the rim. The nose hints at blackberries such as almost macerated morello cherries combined with tinges of mild spices and garrigue. The mouth is ample and rather well-rounded to start with. The tannic structure is perfectly integrated and harmonious. This cuvée is well-structured and displays a double-faced character with a silky aspect and a great strength.

A great piece of work - To be drunk : up to 3 years from now.

Wine and dishes : young rabbit with small grapes in light brown sugar sauce.

Les Terrasses 2007 – 89/100  Deep cherry red colour , fine, bright and clear aspect. A nose which reveals hints of eucalyptus, garrigue and spices as well as almost stewed red  and black berries. After longer contact with air, tinges of animal smell and undergrowth appear. The mouth is surprisingly fresh and the overall impression is pleasant, rather well-rounded and well-balanced. The tannins are harmonious within a firm texture. The final touch is spicy.

Smooth approach of the Terrasses du Larzac – To be drunk : up to 3 years from now.

Wine and dishes : roast strips of chicken breasts.

 

La Croix Chaptal recommended by the 2011 Wine Guides

 

Our list of Awards on the 2010 guides

Guide Dussert Gerber 2010

First classified great Wines. 

Prizewinner among  the top 10 wine-growers of the year.

An estate spreading over 25 hectares of vineyards and 10 hectares of woods .
This Coteaux-du-Languedoc cuvée Les Origines Déodat de Séverat 2006 is a success with its low-yielding Syrah blended with a tinge of Grenache and Carignan. Every year, one or several plots are more thoroughly prepared for producing low yields of 17 to 25 hl/ha. According to the vintage and the results obtained, one or several exceptional cuvées are made from one of the three varieties as its/ their main ingredient : Carignan, Grenache or Syrah. Each of the 3 varieties in this trilogy “ The Origins” is related to a character or an event that marked the beginning of the history of the estate.
This wine is very good in the mouth , with tinges of blackcurrant and pepper ; it is concentrated both in colour and texture with a pleasant spicy final touch which foretells an excellent evolution (18 €).

 Great Coteaux-du-Languedoc cuvée Les Origines Seigneurie de Cambous 2005 issued from very low-yielding Carignan combined with a touch of Grenache and Syrah. This wine is really well made, colored and full-bodied, dense, with both mature and powerful tannins. It combines charm and structure with aromas of red fruits, spices, and touches of undergrowth.

Along with the above wine, the Coteaux-du-Languedoc Les Sigillées Blanc 2008 (7€) is very pleasant as is the Clairette-du-Languedoc Vieilles Vignes 2007 ( White Clairette, aged in new oak barrels for 30% of it and in tanks on lees for 70%), a smooth as well as lively wine (8€).

 The Coteaux du Languedoc Terrasses du Larzac cuvée Charles 2006
(approximately one third of the 3 varieties Grenache, Syrah and Carignan on soils made of rounded stones and pebbles with some red clay ; hand picked harvest with 30 to 40 days of vatting for each variety and 23 months of ageing (at least half of it in barrels), the wine is unfiltered) has aromas of cooked red fruits and a nuance of truffle and humus in the nose, it is four-square and long on the palate. (12 €)

 The Coteaux-du-Languedoc Terrasses du Larzac red 2006 ( traditional vinification with a short period in barrels) is in its youth an ideal accompaniement to grilled meat (8€).

 Charming Coteaux-du-Languedoc Les Sigillées rosé 2008, is fresh, fruity, subtle and very aromatic – No hesitation whatsoever-
 

Guide Hachette 2010

 Déodat de Séverat Les Origines 2006
1,5 ha   5000 bottles  15to 23 €

A monk from Gellone Abbey created the vineyard of the estate of Cambous in the early Xth century .
In 1999, Charles PACAUD revived this “ terroir” of rounded stones on the “Terrasses du Larzac”. He offers here a “cuvée” whose main variety is Syrah and whose mineral nose is moderated by overtones of ripe fruits and pepper. Its ample and fresh mouth is structured by tannins that will require a year or two to melt.
Its persistent finish reveals strength and richness.
 

GUIDE HUBERT
Regions of France 2009

Red : Les Origines - Déodat de Séverat 2006
Mineral and smoky nose with overtones of liquorice and candied black fruit . The mouth is full-bodied, really fruity with a refined texture and round tannins. A long and aromatic finish.17,50 €

Red : Cuvée Charles 2006
In the nose, a bouquet of leather, “garrigue” plants and peppery black fruits.  The mouth shows supple body and is aromatic with spicy fruit and well-refined tannins. 11,50€

Dry white : Clairette du Languedoc 2007
A roasted and smoky nose with overtones of mature white fruit and baked apples. The mouth is round with tinges of caramel and a spicy finish.
A white wine for gastronomy. 8 €
 

GUIDE GILBERT ET GAILLARD 2010

Clairette du Languedoc A.O.C - Clairette Blanche 2007 : 81 out of 100
A bright pale gold colour . an intense woody and roasted nose with a citrus background.
The mouth is full, rich, dominated by the wood. The fruit is still in the background. This wine still has to assimilate its ageing process.
Approximate price : 8 €
Where to find it : at the estate cellar- in wine shops- in restaurants.

Coteaux du Languedoc - Terrasses du Larzac A.O.C
    - Les Origines- Déodat de Séverat 2006 : 86 out of 100

A concentrated colour with highlights connoting its youth . A fine woody nose with overtones of vanilla, blackcurrant and black cherry.
In the mouth, its texture is supple, silky and smooth, its tannins fine ans its vanilla woody taste combines with the fruits. A refined Languedoc.
Approximate price : 18 €
Where to find it : at the estate cellar- in wine shops- in restaurants.

     - Cuvée Charles 2006 : 84 out of 100
A deep colour with highlights connoting its youth. A ripe nose with overtones of spices, stewed fruits and fruits in brandy.
In the mouth, it is smooth, supple and with a distinctive fruitiness –A well- balanced and fruity Languedoc. It is ideal to accompany a couscous.
Approximate price : 12 €
Where to find it : at the estate cellar- in wine shops- in restaurants.

     - Les Terrasses 2006 : 83 out of 100
A deep colour with highlights of garnet. A blooming nose evoking undergrowth, leather and sugared fruits. The mouth confirms this evolved aromatic overall impression. It is on the whole straightforward and rounded. Ideal with small game.
Approximate price : 8 €
Where to find it : at the estate cellar- in wine shops- in restaurants.

 

1999-2009 the adventure goes on...

 HACHETTE guide 2009 : confirmed presence of Cuvée Charles.

BETTANE ET DESSEAUVE 2009 : identity and character of our Terroir.

DUSSERT GERBER 2009 : an outburst of praises. 

 

BETTANE ET DESSEAUVE 2009 : 2 stars - pg 780
After an earlier career in the wine business for a big company, Charles Pacaud has built his Domaine to produce very specific, greatly charming wines that definitely get off the beaten track. The Rosé wine, close to a “Clairet”, does not yield to fashion, it combines charm with a very resilient character. As regards red wines, the production is at a high quality standard.
Anyway, you will have understood that the wines from this Domaine deserve to be chosen for their incredible capacity for fitting dishes. 

Coteaux du Languedoc 2006 Rosé
( ageing 2008 to 2010) 6,90€                       14/20
This rosé is full of character and will go well with spicy dishes from North Africa but it is not suited to « aperitf ».

Coteaux du Languedoc Cuvée Charles 2005
Red ( ageing 2008 to 2012) 12 €               16/20
The structure is dense, salty with light tannins.
This full-bodied wine with powerful flavours will go along perfectly with a grilled beef rib.

Coteaux du Languedoc Seigneurie de Cambous 2005
Red ( ageing 2008 to 2010) 18€                15,5/20
Fine tannins indeed within a silky structure with a level of acidity that will allow remarkable associations with a North American type of cooking.

Table wine Vendanges du 17 octobreNaturally Sweet White
(ageing 2008 to 2010) 12,50 €                  15,5/20
This table wine is made from botrytised grapes. It is elegant in the nose, with a powerful body and intense sugar content.
 

HACHETTE WINE GUIDE 2009 : 1 star - pg 757
Domaine La Croix Chaptal Terrasses du Larzac Cuvée Charles 2005 *
The label shaped like a keystone is a reference to the stones of the great cellar of the Domaine.
By combining Syrah, Grenache, and Carignan equally, this cuvée is highly representative of the Terrasses du Larzac thanks to its aromas of fruits, pepper and toast – After giving a first impression of smoothness, the mouth appears firm, structured by well-coated tannins that are already mature . Serve with a beef rib or a cassoulet from Castelnaudary.
 

 DUSSERT GERBER 2009: 1er Grand Cru Classé - pg 474
An estate spreading over 25 ha of vineyards and 10 ha of woods. 

Fine Coteaux du Languedoc Cuvée les Origines  Seigneurie de Cambous 2005 made from a very low – yielding Carignan combined with a touch of Grenache and Syrah, a very well matured wine that is dense, coloured and full-bodied with both ripe and powerful tannins, it combines charm and structure with aromas of red fruits and spices and hints of undergrowth.

By its side, the Clairette du Languedoc Vieilles Vignes 2006 ( Clairette blanche, maturing in new oak barrels for 28% and in tanks on lees for 72% ) is a smooth as well as vigorous wine (8€).

The Cuvée Charles Terrasses du Larzac 2005 (approximately one third of the 3 varieties Grenache, Syrah and Carignan on soils made of rounded stones and gravels  with some red clay, hand-picked grapes left in tanks for 30 to 40 days for each variety, and 23 months of maturing with at least half of the time in oak barrels, the wine is unfiltered ) has aromas of cooked red fruits, of truffle and humus ; it is well-structured with a lengthy final touch in the mouth. (12 €).

The Coteaux du Languedoc Terrasses du Larzac 2005 ( traditional vinification with a short stay in barrels) is ideal in its youth for accompanying grilled meat (8 €).

Charming Coteaux du Languedoc Les Sigillées Rosé 2007 fresh, fruity and subtle, a wine full of aromas indeed (7€).

We have also loved this astonishing Naturally Sweet  White wine, mainly made from Roussanne ; it is smooth and generous (12,50€).

Therefore, have no hesitations.

 

A few new articles from the 2008 wine guides

 The 2008 Hachette wine guide:

 Our domaine la Croix Chaptal confirms its presence in this guide for the 7th  year in a row.

Terrasses du Larzac Cuvee Charles 2004: one star. In 1999, Charles Pacaud took over this very old vineyard created in the X th century by the Benedictine monks of Gellone Abbaye. On this terroir, equal shares of Syrah, Grenache and Carignan have produced a wine tinged with a slightly  wild taste  completed by aromas of toast and garrigue. Firm tannins support this wine in its development and also guarantee that it will favourably evolve over two to three years. To be drunk with a bull stew.

 Bettane and Desseauve 2008 wine guide:

 Superb first mention in this guide with 4 wines listed from the outset

 After working as a business manager for a famous wine company, Charles Pacaud has been building his domaine in order to produce very specific, greatly charming wines that are decidedly meant to wander off the beaten track. The production of white is limited but the Clairette is so pure that it hardly has any equivalent in France. The rosé adopts a vinous style close to a claret and does not give way to fashion. It combines charm with a strong character.

The red wines are quite good. To put it in a nutshell, you must have understood that the wines from this Domaine deserve to be tasted for their incredible adaptation to gastronomy.

  Clairette du Languedoc 2005 :

White : 2007 to 2010     7.50 €        15.5/20 

The Clairette may no longer be a very fashionable variety because of its being prone to oxidation.

But try it with your meal when it reaches that level of purity and it will surely show you how good it is at enhancing the most refined gastronomy!!

 Côteaux du Languedoc 2005 :

red : 2007 to 2010     6.60 €           15/20

Hints of mint and rosemary in a well-structured wine with a remarkable aromatic charm. Its tannins are smooth and steadily present.

 Côteaux du Languedoc 2005 :

rosé : 2007 to 2008     6.60 €        15/20

 This is a powerful rosé which has not given way to softness as it is really straightforward and clear-cut as far as  its aromas are concerned. It is cut out for gastronomy in the same way as the Clairette.

 Côteaux du Languedoc « Cuvée Charles 2004 :

red : 2007 to 2010     11 €            15.5/20

 A pleasant dense and refined texture with very round tannins. The freshness of this greatly charming cuvee is indeed invigorating.
 
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The Dusssert-Gerber 2008 wine guide:

 confirms our status as “ 1 er grand cru classé”

 A 25- hectare vineyard where you find this côteaux du Languedoc Cuvée Charles Terrases du Larzac 2004( 36% Grenache, 32% Syrah and 32 % Carignan on soils made of rounded stones, gravels and some red clay) the grapes are hand-picked then allowed to ferment and rest in tanks for 30 to 40 days for each variety before ageing for 23 months ( half this time in barrels), the wine is unfiltered.

It is still very young, very firm, with hints of cooked red fruit, truffles and humus in the nose. It is well-structured and has a lasting final taste. (11.70 €). The Clairette du Languedoc “Vieilles Vignes 2005  (Clairette blanche, 25% matured in new oak and 75 % in tanks on lees) is full of aromas and both mellow and vigorous (7.50 €).

The Cuvée les Origines, Seigneurie de Cambous, made from low-yielding Carignan combined to a note of Grenache and Syrah, is a dense, very well matured wine with aromas of spices and candied fruit as well as ripe and powerful tannins;it is firm, coloured, fleshy and will age well ( 18 €). Do not hesitate either.

 

The Gilbert and Gaillard 2008 wine guide:

 Vieilles Vignes 2005 :

Price 7.50 €        85/100

 A golden colour. A superb nose with very ripe fruit (apricot, grape) on a slightly smoky backdrop. A fine roundness in the mouth; a full; fresh and aromatic wine.

The final touch is directed towards a fine tinge of ripe grapes.

 Cuvée Charles 2004 :

Price 11.50 €        89/100

 The second best mark in Côteaux du Languedoc  (vintages and terroirs combined)

 Red cherry colour. A superb nose with very ripe fruit (cherry, morello cherry). The mouth is crunchy,  fruity, fresh, framed by well-integrated tannins. Nose and mouth combine in a long, harmonious and somewhat mineral final touch.

 

 

HACHETTE guide

 

Hachette guide 2007 : Seigneurie de Cambous Les Origines (Red) 2004 obtains one star (p 745).

Charles-Walter Pacaud tends to his vineyard and his wines as delicately and thoroughly as the Benedictine monks who preceded him on this estate in the Xth century. In this wine, subtlety rivals with strength. From the garnet colour tinged with dark purple, one can guess at the complex aromas: toast, spices, dried fruit and a gentle hint of vanilla. Its velvety touch on the palate combined with powerful tannins will allow this wine to accompany a hare in chocolate sauce.

 

HACHETTE guide 2006 (p 737): Cuvée Charles 2002 is awarded one star.

This wine, grown on a soil made of gravel and rounded stones resulting from the fossil river beds of Hérault and Lergue, perfectly mirrors the quest of genuineness pursued by Charles Pacaud who claims the status of craftsman-wine-grower on his label. The colour of this 2002 is crimson tinged with orange. When tasting it, you find yourself in spring when the scrubland (garigue) plants are blooming : in the nose as well as in the mouth, you find a blend of thyme, rosemary, juniper, along with spices, black pepper and mocha. You will appreciate the elegance of the mouth characterised by subtle though conspicuous tannins, especially with lamb and vegetable stew (navarin). The Clairette du Languedoc Vieilles Vignes dry white 2004 must also be noted for its dried fruit aromas and above all for its mouth balanced between freshness and fruit.

 

            HACHETTE guide 2005

For the fifth time in a row since its creation, Domaine La Croix Chaptal has been mentioned in the Hachette Wine guide; its Cuvée Charles 2001 is awarded 2 stars in the 2005 edition :

“On the age-old terraces of the river Lergue where multicoloured basalt and quartz pebbles combine to form the soil, the vineyard of this estate is cultivated with the utmost care as this “terroir” wine shows. Its intensely red colour is as deep as its nose in which aromas of cade, juniper and stewed fruit bloom. However it is above all a real treat in the mouth with much richness, volume, harmony and an extraordinary lingering finish. It is already well-matched with stewed boar and will keep improving as time goes on”.

 

HACHETTE guide 2004

The Hachette Wine guide 2004 thus comments on the tasting of Domaine La Croix Chaptal Seigneurie de Cambous 2001 * (awarded one star).

Everything contributes to the expression of the terroir Terrasses du Larzac : the old vines planted on round pebbles and stones, the small yields, the carefully sorted out grapes, the carefully done vinification. Here comes this ink-coloured wine with aromas of stewed cherry and toast. Its powerful tannins do not exclude the sensation of a full body in the mouth. A wine with great potential which is expected to open up even more.

 

HACHETTE guide 2003

Cuvée Charles 2000 - (matured in oak barrels)

The Domaine La Croix Chaptal was formerly an estate belonging to Gellone Abbey and was planted with vines as early as the tenth century. It now belongs to a man who is passionately fond of his very fine “terroir” made of pebbles and gravel. Even if the nose of this cuvée is a little slow in coming up, it develops very fine aromas of kirsch, spices and jam. In the mouth, “terroir” and maturity are clearly present. A “gardianne de taureau de Camargue” is recommended but also more basically a “cassoulet”.

 

HACHETTE guide 2002

The guide Hachette des Vins 2002, (Hachette Wine published by Hachette Cassell) (Hachette Weinfûhrer Frankreich2002 – Hallwag) comments on the tasting of Coteaux du Languedoc:

 

Domaine LA CROIX CHAPTAL Cuvée Charles 1999 ** (which was awarded 2 stars).

« What a great way of entering the Guide for this estate exploited by Charles Pacaud since 1999! This wine draws its specificity from terraces made of rounded stones and pebbles between the Larzac plateau and the Mediterranean sea: a deep-red robe, aromas of spices, ripe fruit and undergrowth. It is soft, fat, full-bodied in the mouth. In a word, it is velvety and unmistakably powerful. Hachette bets on this wine-maker. .

 

HACHETTE guide 2001

In the GUIDE HACHETTE des Vins 2001, the CLAIRETTE DU LANGUEDOC appears with the following comments : Domaine LA CROIX CHAPTAL 1999.

"M Pacaud used to work in a large company, known all over the world for its gris wines. Himself a wine lover, he has been seduced by wine-making. Success is coming with this wine with a beautiful brilliant yellow dress, with an intense buttery, grilled although floral nose, with aromas of peach, lemon, exotic fruits along with a touch of “garrigue”. In the mouth, its vivacity comes as a surprise, but shows a good balance thanks to roundness and fatness. Good persistence."

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DUSSERT GERBER guide

 

Dussert-Gerbert 2007 (p 429 & 455).

Premier grand vin classé ***** by Patrick Dussert-Gerbert who liked very much:

            Côteaux du Languedoc rosé 2005 (Carignan, Grenache and Syrah, ageing on lees) intense colour, candied morello cherry in the nose, spicy, full-bodied with harmonious and balanced tannins (6,90 €).

Clairette du Languedoc Vieilles Vignes 2004 (Clairette blanche, traditional vinification on lees. 25 % in new oak and 75 % on lees in tanks) is both mellow and vigorous (7,50 €).

Côteaux du Languedoc Red Cuvée Charles Terrasses du Larzac 2003 (38 % Syrah, 37 % Carignan and 25 % Grenache, aged for 22 months, unfiltered), powerful, intense colour, flavoursome tannins, full of aromas (blackberry, blackcurrant, spices...), a promising wine (11,50 €)

Les Origines Déodat de Séverat 2004 (Red). This cuvée is intense and complex (18 €).

Do not hesitate.

DUSSERT GERBER guide 2006 (p 421 & 447).

 

Second-ranking great wine****(*) likely to rank first great wine in the years to come.

 

Fine Coteaux du Languedoc Terroir du Larzac Cuvée Charles 2002, intense, powerful in the mouth where one finds black berries, warm rich colour-wise as well as substance-wise. Outstanding Clairette du Languedoc white 2003 derived from old wines in a soil made of gravel and rounded stones (hand-picked grapes, destemmed, crushed, short skin-contact maceration, free-running juice and first press, cold clarification, temperature control, traditional vinification on lees), a pale golden-coloured wine, very aromatic (dried fruit), full-bodied and persitent in the mouth, indeed very successful, both dry and mellow. Along the same line, the Coteaux du Languedoc white 2004, 60 % Roussane, 30 % Clairette and a small amount of Grenache. Do not hesitate.

 

DUSSERT GERBER guide 2005

Second best great wines ****

“A 35-hectare estate including a 25-hectare vineyard. Great Coteaux du Languedoc, Seigneurie de Cambous red 2001 Terrasses du Larzac (80% Carignan, 10% Syrah, 10% Grenache) of a lovely garnet colour, with touches of humus, prune, blackcurrant, a full-bodied wine with rich tannins (15.50 €). The Coteaux du Languedoc red Terroir Terrasses du Larzac, Cuvée Charles 2001 is a wine which charmed me with its very typical and lingering touches of smoke and spices and with its powerful but very elegant tannins, it is indeed harmonious and will keep well (11.50 €). The Coteaux du Languedoc rosé 2003 has a lovely hue and a strawberry nose, it is fruity, very charming and goes well with a pâté (7.20 €). Taste the Clairette du Languedoc 2002 made from very old vines of the Clairette blanche variety hand-picked, matured on lees, with a floral lingering taste in the mouth (7.20 €). It is very good. So, do not hesitate.

 

DUSSERT GERBER guide 2004

Second best great wines ****

A fine Coteaux du Languedoc red Terroir Terrasses du Larzac Cuvée Charles 2001 charmed me with its very typical and lingering touches of smoke and spices and with its powerful but very elegant tannins, it is indeed harmonious and will keep well (11.50 €). Alongside, there are the Clairette du Languedoc white with citrus fruit in the nose, a fine smooth wine which is really a success as well as this Coteaux du Languedoc Rosé with its lovely hue and strawberry nose, it is fruity, very charming and goes well with a pâté. It is good and indeed affordable, which cannot but please us. Do not hesitate.

 

DUSSERT GERBER guide 2003

An estate spreading over 35 ha, 25 of which are planted with vines. This Coteaux du Languedoc rouge Terroir Terrasses du Larzac Cuvée Charles 2000 is rich in colour as well as aromas, it is a spicy, well – built most approved wine.

Along with the above, the Clairette du Languedoc blanc 2001 is as successful as the Coteaux du Languedoc rosé 2001 with its pretty shade, its strawberry nose and its vividness; it is attractive when drunk with a pâté. Reliable indeed.

 

DUSSERT GERBER guide 2002

The DUSSERT –GERBER guide 2002 comments on the first wines from Domaine La Croix Chaptal:

« An attractive Clairette du Languedoc 99 (vinification on lees) with tinges of fresh fruit and linden blossoms, mellow and fruity excellent red, very reliable”                           

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Carnets de dégustation BETTANE & DESSEAUVE

 

            Carnets de dégustation BETTANE & DESSEAUVE (19 mai 2003)

The Domaine La Croix Chaptal Seigneurie de Cambous 2001 red gets a 7 out of 10 mark; a powerful wine with a very dark garnet colour which fully expresses ripe fruit. The dense and full mouth is supported by solid tannins with no coarseness though and so develops into a generous and full-bodied wine !

                        The Clairette du Languedoc “Vieilles vignes” 2001 White : 7,5/10. This wine is pale coloured with a light nose based on notes of spices and fruit. Its elegant mouth perfectly balanced in acidity develops a persistently harmonious lingering finish.

 

 

Le guide HUBERT des vins

 

 Le guide HUBERT des vins 2005 (p 353).

Red Cuvée Charles 2002****.

A note tinged with balsamic notes, oak, spices and black berries. The mouth is fleshy with spicy tannins, this wine has to assimilate the oak.

 Dry white Clairette du Languedoc 2003***.

An unobtrusive nose verging on ripe white fruits and tinged with aniseed-flavoured notes. The mouth is round, rich with a spicy, slightly bitter final touch.

 

         Le guide HUBERT des vins 2003

Cuvée Charles 2000 ****(*) : a smoky and mineral nose with a touch of leather and stewed red fruit. The mouth is velvety with notes of cocoa, mild spices, soft and spicy tannins. A charming wine.

                        Dry white Clairette du Languedoc 2000 *** : a nose based on white fruit with notes of fennel. The mouth is round, a little languid with notes of honey. Very typical.

 

 

Le guide GILBERT AND GAILLARD

 

Gilbert and Gaillard guide 2007.

 

82 out of 100 for Clairette Vieilles Vignes 2004 (p 308). Light yellow colour. A very expressive nose combining flowery and citrus fruit (grapefruit) hints. Fat and full-bodied in the mouth. A very smooth, rather long-lasting style. To be appreciated with cooked fish. Approximate price: 7,50 €.

·     Our Cuvée Charles 2003 and Clairette du Languedoc 2004 are pushed to the front on page 309 in the 2006 Guide Hubert :

Red Cuvée Charles 2003 : 4 glasses out of 5. Licorice combined with stewed red fruit and a touch of leather in the nose. In the mouth, this wine displays wild notes, a smooth structure, a spicy and peppery final touch.

Dry white Clairette du Languedoc 2004 : 4 glasses out of 5. A ripe nose with hints of honey, dried fruit and oven-baked apple. The mouth is round and toasted, fruity and mature.

 

Gilbert and Gaillard guide 2006.

 

Mark 86/100 Cuvée Charles 2001 (p 304).
Intense garnet colour. In the nose, a prevailing touch of vanilla on a background of spices and « garigue ». Smooth and full-bodied in the mouth. The scents acquired during ageing are superbly blended within a markedly mediterranean atmosphere. A final touch of pepper. A Coteaux du Languedoc which takes advantage of its maturing process.

 

Mark 83/100 Clairette Vieilles Vignes 2001 (p 296).
Great golden colour. Its pleasant nose reveals quince marmelade and fig. In the mouth, precise and persistent aromas turn out to be balanced and fresh. The fruit pleasantly blends with a floral note.