Domaine des Grandes Costes,
Wine Estate in Pic Saint Loup.
Domaine des Grandes Costes, Winzer im Pic Saint Loup.
Etiketten, Neue weine - New labels, New wines
Seltene Rebsorten und Römische Keramik - Rare grape varietals and Roman ceramics
Zu entdecken bei der Prowein im Sud de France Raum - to discover at Prowein on
the Sud de France booth
Ich freue mich im Voraus auf Sie
Looking forward to seeing you
Winzerlische Grüße - Best regards,
AOC Terrasses du Larzac, Clairette du Languedoc et Coteaux du Languedoc
Aramon !!! Rare grape variety
age-old variety almost forgotten
Nowadays, who still happens to know « Aramon » ?
Not many people
Even though it was grown over more than 150.000 hectares at the end of World War
II, there remains only one hundredth of that surface today.
Several signs testify to its age-old setting up in Languedoc, including the
numerous names that the inhabitants have had time to give it as well as the
village in the Gard area that bears its name. An additional sign is that, on top
of Black Aramon, there exist extremely rare variations in pink and white
has become poorly thought of, however…
It is difficult today to conceive of yields up to 250 hl per ha. This was the
usual yield though for Aramon when it grew in plains. This high potential yield
ensured its being popular when mass consumption was the order of the day. To
such an extent that it has become synonymous with quantity to the detriment of
quality. So when the market turned towards quality wines, its glory faded and
the vines of Aramon were massively uprooted.
That trend somehow overlooked the fact that on hillsides and with limited
yields, Aramon can produce wines that are indeed interesting.
original cuvée to rediscover Aramon
At domaine La Croix Chaptal, we have kept safe our hillside plot of Aramon which
is now 80 years old. Needless to say that the ardour of youth has had time to
calm down ! With a yield of around 50 Hl per ha, we obtain a wine which keeps
the light side of the variety, i.e slightly coloured and with low tannins, while
asserting a sharp, fruity and voluptuous character. It is ideal to rediscover
keeping with current concerns
Further advantage : Aramon corresponds to current expectations. As it is
naturally light in alcohol, it is an original partner for meals particularly in
summer. Moreover, this age-old variety which has become rare keeps watch over
biodiversity. As it is well-adapted to the terroir, it is sturdy and little
Finally, old vines which have been producing grapes for 80 years save the
environment the ecological cost of uprooting and planting again.
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BOOTH 11 H 123, SUD DE FRANCE AREA
pleased to inform you that
magazine features two of my Wines,
Ich freue mich,
Sie zu informieren, daß zwei Weine meiner
Cuvée „Le Secret de Gellone“.
and my Secret de
Gellone is one of the nineteen :
A New Year
is an appropriate time to introduce new wines.
ever considered adding Terrasses du Larzac to your portfolio ?
Considered “the greatest place
in Languedoc” by award-wining Wine Columnist Andrew Jefford, Terrasses du
Larzac are becoming a must.
Terroir wines combining character with elegance, their reputation is fast
growing among discerning wine lovers.
about Clairette du Languedoc?
One of Languedoc’s
masterpieces, Clairette du Languedoc has a long and prestigious history and
is now living through a revival.
We offer both the dry and
versions of this exciting Appellation made from a single varietal, the White
Please feel free to contact us
for further info on Terrasses du Larzac, Clairette du Languedoc and Domaine
la Croix Chaptal, or to arrange a suitable opportunity, should you not be
Hoping to see you very soon in
Montpellier, best regards.
varieties catch up with the early ones,
While we had started somewhat
late (on September 16th), we finished with the harvest of our
young Mourvèdre at the earliest ever on October 8th.
This harvest was intense and
full of energy with one variety following on from another and producing
outstanding quantity and quality.
All of this came into being
thanks to the extremely efficient work of harvesters and winery workers
We rank this harvest as one of
our finest with great ripeness along with a lot of fruit, much freshness and
low pH – indeed, a very great vintage!
Here, at La
Croix Chaptal, 2013 is definitely a vintage which will stand out!!
- 2011 - August, 5th
Content created by Barbara Keck, Harvard MBA, former USDA extension specialist,
and experienced business-to-business marketing consultant.
Contact: barbara (at)winebizpr.com
One of the best wine tasting
events I’ve been to all year was the one featuring Languedoc AOC wines, where I
tasted wines made from grapes that were unfamiliar to me and learned about the
fascinating history of this wine region.
Below is a look at just a few of the 31 wines that were poured. I was impressed
with the aroma, taste and food-friendliness of all that I tasted.
Les Terrasses Rouge, 2007
is produced on an estate that formerly belonged to Gellone Abbey, founded in
804. Winemaker Charles Pacaud’s red wine combines Grenace and Carignan with a
touch of Syrah. The taste is of dark fruits that follow the aroma of cherry and
perhaps coffee. It is spicy and fresh, and representative of the Terrasses du
Larzac area wines. This growing area is in the western part of the rural
district of Saint Andre de Sangonis, about 20 miles northwest of Montpellier, a
popular tourist destination due to old abbeys and natural caves. Alcohol is low:
13 percent “because we have an especial terroir which expresses the grapes and
so we have flavor at lower alcohol,” according to Pacaud. Price around $20 a
bottle. Distributed by
or call (415) 331-4906 to find out where to buy it; it’s worth the hunt.
© 2011 Barbara Keck
Languedoc Grands Crus Wine Tasting
Is Languedoc, South of France on your wine radar? It should be; offering
exceptional value, tradition and innovation, these wines are now even easier
than ever to appreciate and identify thanks to new segmentation into three
categories: AOC Languedoc, Grands Vins du Languedoc and Grands Crus du
The latest News :
(January 21st 2011)
For the second year in a row, Domaine La Croix Chaptal is
one of the top 30 Languedoc Wines on the USA market thanks to its cuvée "Les
Terrasses 2007" - AOC Terrasses du Larzac - Languedoc !!!
For further information on
this reward, please check the News section
28 winegrowers together
Welcome You in
Hall 9 - VINISUD - Montpellier, February 22nd, 23rd & 24th
Rediscover withinTerrasses du Larzac
The generosity of the Languedoc and the freshness of the Larzac
Mas des Brousses.
Mas Cal Demoura.
Domaine du Causse d’Arboras.
CLOS DU SERRES.
Domaine des Conquêtes.
Mas Conscience. Domaine des
Crès Ricards. Domaine La Croix
Chaptal. Mas Fabregous.
DOMAINE DE FAMILONGUE.
Mas Nicot - Mas des Agrunelles.
Plan de l’Om.
MAS DU POUNTIL.
La Réserve d’O.
Domaine la Sauvageonne.
Mas de la Séranne.
Terrasses d’Elise. Domaine des
VIGNOBLE DES 2 TERRES.
To create great terroir driven wines which capture the identity of the
Languedoc, to work with integrity to preserve our countryside and to invite you
to share our adventure through our wines... »
Great Languedoc Wines : www.terrasses-du-larzac.com
Enjoy the Languedoc - it
won't be here forever, from Andrew Jefford :
January 2009 (pg 21)
"...Geologically, the Languedoc hills
are a synopsis of everything which makes France so propitious for winegrowing...
Surely in any other country, those Languedoc hills would have been a star region;
their misfortune was to find themselves sharing a nation with Champagne,
Bordeaux, Burgundy, the Loire and the Rhône. And too far from Paris.
But where is the best spot in the Languedoc ? My theory is that Terrasses du
Larzac is the greatest spot in the Languedoc... Stone and slopes alone don't
make for great wine - as much of Provence proves - but when skilled winegrowers
grapple intelligently and sensitively with nature here, the results seem to me
to have the same aromatic, textural potential as the best of the Rhône..."
of January 2009 : SAVVY SHOPPER
Strategies to help you choose the
best wines in 2009 -
Domaine La Croix
Chaptal "Cuvée Charles" 2005 = 90/100 : $20
Domaine La Croix Chaptal "Les Terrasses" 2005 = 88/100 : $15
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.
Three stars in the September issue of
acknowledgements for our two most representative wines :
The Savvy Shopper :
The Coteaux du Languedoc Cuvée Charles 2005
(90, $20) from Domaine La Croix Chaptal is firm and powerful, oozing with
dark cherry and dried herb notes flanked by mocha and spice.
La Revue du Vin
: Millésime 2007
(Vintage) - pg 180
Domaine La Croix
Chaptal Clairette du Languedoc - Clairette Blanche : 17,5/20
"Rare cuvée made from 100% Clairette :
full-bodied and elegant structure, handsome, straightforward and ripe texture, full of freshness, lengthy in
the mouth with a spicy final touch, caraway and fennel"
Terre de vins
mars-avril-mai 2008 n°38
« LA CROIX CHAPTAL , CHAPEAU BAS ! " =
“LA CROIX CHAPTAL , WELL DONE !
"Charles-Walter Pacaud, who was born in
Cognac, discovered the Languedoc area during his course of study at the Engineer
School of Agronomics in Montpellier. He then roved about the world of wine from
England to Listel, worked in Napa Valley and Provence before settling in the
hamlet of Cambous in 1999. He little by little decided he could completely place
his confidence in this superb terroir by working on the soil, falling in love
with carignan and interfering in vinifications in the slightest possible way.
That explains why the two cuvees that were presented to our jury , are
inevitably anchored in the terroir. They both won our unanimous support and
place this 18-hectare estate among the best in the appellation.
The cuvee Les Terrasses 2005 (17 out
of 20; 7.70€), made of grenache and carignan with a touch of syrah is a
full-bodied, rich and noble wine. That is true for the nose which is intense,
complex, ripe, blending aromas of candied fruit (cherry, raspberry), “garrigue”,
dried fig and nutmeg. The mouth is in keeping with the above: mellow,
well-defined, fresh with mineral touches at the end.
We also find the same terroir character
in the cuvée Les Origines – Seigneurie de Cambous, AOC Terrasses du Larzac
2005 (18 out of 20 ;18€), all in praise of the carignan variety ,
with its bewitching nose blending aromas of earth, redcurrant, tobacco,
undergrowth and soft spices. The full-bodied, tasty, silky texture in the mouth
is outstandingly harmonious and lends itself to many different gourmet
2008 wine guide:
our status as “ 1 er grand cru classé”
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...
The Gilbert and
Gaillard 2008 wine guide:
second best mark in Côteaux du Languedoc (vintages and terroirs combined)
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.
The Domaine is
also praised in
page 171, in the column ”evolving Grands Crus: the promising ones and the
“Here is an
actually soaring Domaine from which we are expecting significant progress before
we can speak of great wines. In 2000, the Cuvée Charles is impressive through
its tannins, length in the mouth and its tinges of “garrigue”. As for a white
wine, there is also the Clairettte du Languedoc, one of the oldest varieties and
one of the earliest appellations in the area.”
de Cambous 2004 is also mentioned in the
“In the nose,
this wine sends out its aromas of candied small red fruit with a few tinges of
spices and garrigue. The mouth is well-structured, smooth and full with fine
tannins. A wine that should still be kept.”
A harvest of
articles on our Rosé Coteaux du Languedoc 2006 and 2005 in this month of July!
- in the July
La Revue du Vin
it is awarded a mark of 16 out of 20 and named “great wine”: “a fine Rosé,
brightly-coloured, fresh and sprightly! Strong character.”
- a very
praising article in “
Nationale de la Chasse
( the National magazine for hunting) :
merely chooses to let his Rosé age a little longer than that of his colleagues.
Thus it is this extra time which gives his wines the brightly-coloured robe
which reminds us of claret.
Its nose is
leaning towards wood and spices on a background of red fruit. It is full-bodied
and fleshy as well as very smooth and fresh. Goes well with a game couscous.”
le Chasseur Français
( the French Hunter) -
the Rosé Coteaux du
Languedoc 2005 is again praised in the July issue
elegant and rich fruit recalls that of a red wine but its freshness in the mouth
is indeed that of a rosé. It is really delicious along with a ratatouille, with
or without meat.”
Out Déodat de Séverat 2004 is praised in
n°30, p 18:
Pacaud’s estate goes a step further with “Les Origines”, a new ambitious range
of three “cuvées”, each one with one of the three following varieties : Carignan,
Grenache or Syrah as its main basis. This Coteaux du Languedoc 2004 (17,50 €)
pays tribute to Déodat de Séverat, a monk from Gellone Abbey who created the
vineyard of the estate of Cambous in the early Xth century. In this
wine, the Syrah variety prevails supported by a touch of Grenache and Carignan.
Its nose is toasted and full of ripe wild black berries and elderberry. In the
mouth, touches of blackberry jam, of prune, of thyme and ash prevail. This is a
powerful, fleshy, concentrated wine but it remains fresh and full-bodied with a
long-lasting mint-flavoured final touch.”