Pic Saint-Loup Wine
Xavier Bruguière's highly-regarded Mas Bruguière enjoys an enviable setting on the Combe de Fombetou between the towering edifices of the Pic Saint-Loup (658 metres above sea level) and L'Hortus (512 metres). Here, he tends 20 hectares of vines that are cultivated organically and impart a strong sense of their impressive location.
Xavier makes an excellent white Languedoc (as yet no white wine can be named Pic Saint-Loup), from a blend of 80% Vermentino and 20% Roussanne that are grown on cooler, more northerly plots to retain fruit and freshness. Called 'Les Mûriers', after the local mulberry bushes, it is vinified in vat and barrel prior to blending and bottling. The finished wine has uplifting white peach and citrus scents plus a rounded stone-fruit palate with an elegant, dry finish. It serves as a versatile apéritif or partner to seafood or chicken.
The estate's most prolific wine is a red Pic Saint-Loup called 'L'Arbouse'after the garrigue scrubland strawberry bush that infiltrates much of the mountainous landscape. Made from a blend of 50% Syrah and 25% each of Grenache Noir and Mourvèdre that is certified organic and hand-harvested from mature rootstock - it is widely regarded as a classic of the appellation. With a bouquet of wild herbs and garrigue berries, it has a core of dark fruit with peppery undertones and supple tannins. It drinks well from release and can readily support 3 to 5+ years bottle age.