lE SECRET DE GELLONE 2015
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.
the main 4 varieties of this outstanding appellation Terrasses du Larzac
(Carignan, Grenache, Mourvèdre & Syrah), The exact blending remains our secret!
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.
lE SECRET DE GELLONE
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.
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.