Vin de France: Domaine de Montcalmès Grenache 2020

A wine from parcels of vines dotted around Domaine de Montcalmès' differing soils – this cuvée features fruit from limestone-clay, lacustrine limestone (mineral and moisture rich) and rocky pudding stone (galets roulés) soils. Each lend different elements to the fruit which when blended, add depth and complexity to this rich Languedoc rouge.

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Tasting Notes

Domaine de Montcalmès' organic Grenache is sourced from a variety of parcels around the communes of Aniane and Puéchabon. Intense dark berry fruit aromas dominate with ripe, juicy plum and cherry on the palate. Kept in check by a lovely mineral edge which brings freshness and restraint to the exuberance of the fruit. Enjoy with mushroom-rich braised stews, well-hung beef or duck 'à l'orange'.

About this wine
StyleRed Wine, Sec, Full-bodied, Non Sparkling
Wine RegionLanguedoc, Terrasses du Larzac
Grape Variety (Cépage)Grenache
Food & Wine MatchingDuck
CellarageDrink 5 to 12 years after vintage.
VinificationEach parcel is picked and vinified separately. Destemmed before a gentle pressing then settled for 24 to 48 hours before fermentation using indigenous yeasts. Macerated for around 30 days with regular punching down (breaking up the cap of skins that float to the surface). Aged in a combination of 1st and 2nd-fill barriques and demi-muids for 24 months. Different parcels are blended a couple of months before bottling (unfiltered) under a waning moon.
Alcohol By Volume (%)15

Domaine de Montcalmès

After extensive training with Alain Graillot in Crozes-Hermitage, the Alary family (L'Oratoire St. Martin) and Olivier Jullien at nearby Mas Jullien, ex-coopérateur Frédéric Pourtalié and his father decided to bring wine production in-house in 1998. The family vines lie in the hamlet of Montcalmès - some 30km north-west of Montpellier – in the Cévennes National Park. The surrounding mountains create a unique microclimate on the limestone-clay plateau with cool summer nights and good wind movement allowing grapes to mature slowly and steadily despite searing daytime temperatures.

At the turn of the century, the Terrasses du Larzac was relatively unknown in wine terms – with Mas de Daumas Gassac the notable local exception. Following in the footsteps of the Vaillé family at neighbouring iconic estate La Grange des Pères - with whom Frédéric trained – the area's profile has soared in recognition of the quality of wine being produced there.

These days, Frédéric's vineholdings extend to some 22 hectares covering a number of Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée, IGP and Vin de France designations across four communes - Puéchabon, Aniane, St. Jean de Fos and St. Saturnin de Lucian. Syrah and Grenache vines are planted on north-facing limestone soils, while Mourvèdre faces south on pudding stones and clay (galets roulés). Roussanne, Marsanne, Chenin Blanc, Viognier and Chardonnay are also planted on limestone parcels making white blends and single-varietal bottlings. The estate was certified organic from the 2015 vintage.


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