Secret de Gellone



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AOP Terrasses du Larzac

An exceptional terroir in Languedoc, Terrasses du Larzac combine Languedoc generosity with Larzac freshness for cuvées with character whose keywords are purity and elegance.

Soil: rounded stones and gravel with some red clay.

Grapes: from the main 4 varieties of this outstanding appellation Terrasses du   Larzac (Carignan, Grenache, Mourvèdre & Syrah), The exact blending remains our secret!
In compliance with the specifications of Terrasses du Larzac, of course…

Vinification : traditional vinification.

Maturation: the exact ageing – in compliance with the appellation rules- remains our secret

Bottling : at the wine estate, without fining or filtration in order to keep the structure of the wine unspoiled


Vintage: a rainy winter which filled the underground water tables, followed by a mild spring, a hot month of July and 2 favourable storms in August and September before a sunny and cool weather during the harvest. Balance, freshness, concentration and elegance are gathered for a great vintage!

Colour: a deep garnet-red color with hints of velvety purple .

Nose: complex candied fruit with aromas of spices, “garrigue” and black berries.

Palate: Round and supple with soft and melted tannins. Liquorice (zan) blends with spices, pepper and “garrigue”. A fine balance leaning towards softness and combining freshness and complexity.

Ageing Capacity: already pleasant to drink – ageing potential of seven to eight years minimum

Serving Temperature: 18° C / 65° F

Food & Wine Suggestions: this wine combines perfectly with grilled meat, roasted lamb, pasta, poultry and cheese.




The Secret of Gellone Abbey

Our millenium-old tradition of quality-wine production dates back to 804. Gellone Abbey, located on the way to St James of Compostella, used to apply secret but very efficient methods in order to spot the most favourable places for planting vineyards. The monk Déodat de Séverat thus founded the estate which has become Domaine la Croix Chaptal nowadays.

And ours!!

Today, our innermost secret lies in the respect and follow-up of this exceptional terroir in Terrasses du Larzac thanks to natural methods and low yields in order to produce a genuine high-quality wine. We particularly preserve a living soil thanks to a grass cover and express its full potential by using native yeasts.

Or one more clue: do Terrasses du Larzac hold the secret?

Terrasses du Larzac were awarded the honour of being “Appellation of the Year” by the famous French Wine Guide Bettane & Desseauve 2011 for the unrivalled quality of their terroir and the undeniable talent of their wine growers. They have also been declared “Grand Cru” by “Revue du Vin de France” and “the greatest spot in Languedoc” by Andrew Jefford, International Wine Columnist of the Year at the Roederer Awards.
Terrasses du Larzac definitely belong to the very best in Languedoc.

Charles-Walter Pacaud,
Artisan Winemaker